A sick day’s nothing to sneeze at!

January 8, 2009

I love this video report on a controversy in the UK. A cold remedy is running commercials suggesting sick people “Take a Benylin Day” from work, to recover. Their Website offers advice for calling in sick, DVDs to watch at home etc.

But the UK Federation of Small Businesses calls the ads “outrageous.”

After all, the concept could lead to folks getting well, instead of coming in and treating co-workers to phlegm showers and hacking spasms that bounce rubbery green lung chunks off their computer screens.

And, once people think they should stay home with a cold, the next thing you know, they’ll be tempted to:

* Take a gangrene day

* Take a lupus day

* Take a tapeworm day

* Take an “I was kidnapped by Communist rebels but I escaped” day

So you can see the problem. I think we can all be confident that Oliver Twist never took a “Benylin Day.”

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Above: screen grab from Benylin commercial

Below: screen grab from Benylin Day Website

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I see their (the Small Business federation) point, however, is taking a Benylin day any worse than calling in gay?

Think about it.

I don’t think so either.

Posted by Josh from CO | Report as abusive

If small and medium businesses provided the ability to work from home for their workers, then a person taking a day off sick would still be able to work in some capacity, unless they were completely bed ridden.

Posted by Darren from nasstar.com | Report as abusive

Because, as Mr Alambritis reminds us, “taking a day off work is a very serious decision”. What makes people think they can decide when they can use their sick days?

Posted by Mary K | Report as abusive

Sick Days? We get sick days?

Posted by Chris | Report as abusive

What makes people think they can fall sick to try to sneak away from work? Even when bedridden!

Posted by M | Report as abusive

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