Sick Days Are Out of Style

As Ruth Bader Ginsburg recovered from cancer surgery recently, she didn’t take a day off. Like so many modern workers, she worked from home.

This is increasingly the new normal, encouraged by smartphones and demanding workloads. A full-blown break can be frightening: “Will it be seen as a sign of a lack of loyalty or tenacity?” ponders one worker. For freelancers, weak job security heightens the stakes.

But for some companies, nixing the sick day liberates employees from having to evidence their illness. Instead, sanctioned personal days encompass any number of emergencies.

The New York Times

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