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Old 03-06-2011, 11:48 AM
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Hello. I need some opinions. I am starting a new job on Monday, but I have been sick with the flu for the past few days. I am starting to feel better, but I am weak and would really like to push back my start date 'til Wednesday. Do you think it's appropriate for me to call today and ask that? I hope it won't reflect too negatively on me...I figure it's better to be sick BEFORE I actually start the job, than to get sick 1 week in or something. I just feel guilty and worry they won't believe me or something. What do you think?
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:54 AM
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Yes I think you should ask that. Most employers would appreciate you not bringing illness and spreading it to the rest of the staff. Send the email or voicemail now, so that HR receives the message first thing, before they are expecting you to walk in the door.

Honestly, I know a lot of people who get sick right before they start new jobs. Maybe it's the stress or something. Or perhaps during the interview process they are exposed to new germs and bacteria from the new people they meet?
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:58 AM
Location: NJ
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Tough one. You don't want to give a bad first impression. But you also don't want to get everyone else sick. Not sure what I would do.
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:35 PM
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I'd certainly call and ask to move the starting date by a few days. You want to start at your best, and of course, not spread an illness to new co-workers. I think any business would appreciate this, especially if you put it that way. Best wishes.
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Old 03-06-2011, 02:01 PM
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Can you call in advance on Sunday? If possible, i guess it doesn't hurt to try.
If you can't reach your boss / supervisor, Maybe you should show up to work Monday... on time... to prove you weren't too lazy to get out of bed?

In person, they can see for themselves if you are too sick to work and send you home for the day.
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Old 03-06-2011, 03:57 PM
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I'd suck it up. I continue to suck it up even if I got sick a week later. I wouldn't call off sick for at least 6 months. And I wouldn't ask to go home either.

IMO it is best to show up at work and let the employer send you home if you look too sick. That way it's the employer's decision and you've shown you have a strong work ethic.
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Old 03-06-2011, 06:33 PM
Location: Darlington, SC
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I think if you call in and speak to them about what is going on, I think they would be understanding. Who wants someone coming in with the Flu?

If they don't like it, you probably don't want to work there.
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Old 03-06-2011, 06:58 PM
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i think it depends on the job.

Where I work, it would not be an issue-- where my mother works-- it would be somewhat an issue-- and where my cousin works (her part time food joint gig) you would be asked to just not show up ever.
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:00 PM
Location: Staten Island, New York
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Have you been to a doctor? You could tell the employer that you are running a fever and are contagious and the doctor suggested that you do not expose anyone.
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:48 PM
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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I'd show up and let them know your sick and will be making a Dr's apt ASAP to get well, let them make the call if you should go home or not.

I'd have to be on my death bed not to show up for the first day of work. Go, let them see how sick you are and let them make the call because you've no idea what the work environment is really like.
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