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Am I a bad employee if I skip work because of work stress?

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Last Updated: 12/21/2021 at 4:14am
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December 19th, 2014 11:19pm
No, you are not a bad employee if you skip work because of work stress. There are positive links between work stress and absenteeism in the workplace. However, what I would say is that skipping work because of absenteeism does not attack the root cause of your stress - work. Attacking whatever is causing that stress in the first place using positive measures such as for example, talking to your manager or human resources person about your work stresses will go a long way to solving your work stress issues moving forward.
December 19th, 2014 11:21pm
No. Everybody does it once in a while, if they say they don't - they're lying! Stress affects everyone at some point in their life, calling in sick every now and then because you don't feel up to it emotionally is something no-one is going to hold against you.
June 2nd, 2018 4:52am
Hi, this is a really late answer, but no. You aren't a bad person. Your mental and physical health should never be compromised just because of a job. As I speak, I'm skipping work today. I'm in bed it's 9 minutes to 8am work is at 9am. I'm stressed out and I'm just not going.
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May 16th, 2016 6:03am
If you skip your work on a 1 day basis because u need rest thats fine. But if you keep skipping then you have a problem. You have a responsibility given to you when you take up the job and the position given to you and sometimes it might be hard and all but skipping it does not solve the issue.
December 20th, 2014 9:41am
No. Take care of yourself. But realize something: if you take off too much work because you are stressed out, it will only add to your stress when you go back in. The best approach, in the long run, is striving to find and maintain a work/life balance that works for you. That isn't easy to do, but it's worth the effort. But no, you are never a bad person for taking care of yourself.
December 21st, 2014 4:16pm
Absolutely not! As human beings sometimes we just need a interpersonal break away from interaction or even at the workplace. I believe giving yourself a little time off from work when it may become overwhelming can be very effective in helping your situation. I would also recommend consulting with your employer, manager or supervisor of your stress issue as well. They most certainly may be able to help assist. Don't just skip work without communication!
April 23rd, 2015 7:32pm
No, you are not a bad employee if you skip work because of work stress. Your workplace should understand the importance of self care and it's ok for you to have some time out for yourself for self care. However, if you're skipping work because of work stress you should really address the stress instead of not tackling it head on, perhaps talking to your employer or manager about the stresses may get you some relief and may help you cope with feelings at work better. As long as you stay positive you'll get through it, just remember whatever makes you really unhappy, you do have the right to walk away from it! :)
June 30th, 2015 5:11pm
You won't be considered a bad employee, working thru the stress might cause mistakes, which in turn would cost the company money.
July 14th, 2015 4:47pm
Although your work is important, taking care of yourself is much more important. If you are overly stressed from work, your work will be lacking and your health and wellness will be at risk so taking a day is important if you need.
July 25th, 2016 1:30am
No, I think it's a good sign that you need to pay attention to your health. Take care of yourself and try to see what stresses you. You can eventually go see a doctor or talk about it with a professional if it persists. You can talk with your boss to see if he can change your schedule or do other things to help you.
December 20th, 2014 2:15am
No. A lot of people go through this. Your health comes first and foremost over anything. Work can get stressful but dont let it overrun your life
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December 20th, 2014 3:47am
Of course not. You're allowed to take a personal day. As long as it's not excessive calling off. People can become ill because of stress, that's why some companies have paid time off, so that you can take those days if approved.
December 20th, 2014 6:13am
I wouldn't label someone as bad merely because they're human and acted in a manner they deemed fit. What I would say, however, is that skipping work is only a temporary solution and avoids conquering the main issue; why is the stressed caused, what have you done to alleviate the stress, and what can you still do to conquer it?
December 31st, 2014 2:34am
I think it's best to talk with your employer about taking a day off because of work stress - that way they are aware what is going on, and can try to address the situation with you.
January 8th, 2015 12:44am
Depending on how much? I would advice using vacation time and not always do it. If the job over-stress you everyday then you need to consider looking for another job that you enjoy.
August 13th, 2018 1:21pm
not at all. although skipping work may not please most of employers and we mustn't do it as a habit, we must remember that our health comes first. if you feel so stressed to the point it's affecting your life and work performance then you should consider taking sometime to yourself and practice some self-care. take is as any other illness. if you don't feel well, consider treating yourself first and then go back to work with extra energy and an eased mind.
September 28th, 2020 7:29pm
I do not believe that skipping work due to work stress makes you a bad employee. We all experience burnout in many different forms, and stress is one of the larger, more common factors for this. We all need to take breaks for our mental and physical health, and if that includes taking a day or two off from work, that is totally valid and understandable. It's better than forcing yourself into a scenario that makes you uncomfortable and not the best fit to handle. There may be some resources worth looking into on 7 Cups, or even through a co-worker or other online means that might be able to assist you with easing this work stress -- but at the end of the day, it does not make you a bad employee to skip work from this.
June 4th, 2015 7:42pm
No, absolutely not. You're not doing it because you don't care about work or your co-workers, you're doing it because you feel bad and that's not by choice. Don't beat yourself up over that. That only adds to the stress.
June 18th, 2015 8:00am
Nope you just need to tell your boss about what stresses you the most and you need a short vacation, i think he will understand...
June 29th, 2015 7:07am
This all depends on the individual. If you are excessively stressed out to the point of which you no longer have the ability to properly function, a "sick day" can be beneficial - remember, mental health is just as important as physical health! However, it is also important to not stay in a job or uncomfortable situation that causes this much stress 24/7. If this is the case, it would be wise to either seek professional help or to consider finding a job that is a better fit for you.
August 3rd, 2015 9:15am
No! Of course not. I personally think we have to give ourselves a break once in a while because pushing ourselves too much is bad for our health, both physically and mentally.
September 15th, 2015 7:42pm
I think taking a personal mental health day is a positive thing. If you are going to have to do this then I suggest telling your boss ahead of time
September 28th, 2015 4:19pm
No, if you at least warn your boss that you'll be off for a while. Everyone needs to get off and relax sometimes.
October 26th, 2015 1:34am
Nobody can answer that for you, only you know yourself the best. And self care is of the utmost importance. Its hard to be the person or worker you need to be if stress is getting the best of you. Also perhaps talking to your supervisor or boss can help you deal with the cause of the stress also, if they are the cause, then perhaps you need to look at other avenues, and possibly speak with a counselor or therapist for further assistance.
November 2nd, 2015 3:05pm
Missing work due to work related stress does not make you a bad employee. However, not attending to the issues resulting in the stress at work, will result in the employee using works stress as an excuse for missing work on a regular basis and this will not reflect well on your employee record. It is important to communicate through the correct channels if you are facing challenges in the work place.
November 30th, 2015 2:10pm
You're not a bad employ but you might want to consider speaking with your boss about the stress you're experiencing at work and this also goes for home as well. It will help them understand your situation and it will also help them to help you.
December 6th, 2015 9:32pm
You should talk it through with them first and notify them of why.
December 14th, 2015 7:32pm
It might not be ideal, but if you're so far it might be best if you go to a GP and get a sick notice so you can deal with the stress in a long term and effective way. Check out the guide here on 7 cups on work stress.
December 29th, 2015 9:12am
No, you are not. Unless you skip work every second day or fail to notify the office about your issues. "Work stress" is a relevant reason. You need to solve the matter. It will harm you if you continue to work under stress. What's causing you the stress? Is it unfair treatment? Then, report the matter to the authority figures. Respect yourself and the office.
January 12th, 2016 5:58am
No, you are not a bad employee at all because stress can be a hindrance to your work and may hinder your productivity.