[Note: Karen and Kel were on vacation in NYC and recording from a hotel room! Please excuse the tinny sound today and next week; it goes back to normal after that!]
A tweet went academic-viral recently asking whether academics use sick leave or even know what their sick leave policies are. Short answer: in the U.S., they do not. (we know…Europeans and Canadians do!) Academics somehow view our work as fundamentally NOT replicable, rendering sick leave moot. You work around illness, assign a video or a guest lecture, but almost never, short of catastrophic illness, report the need for a paid sick day to your department. And if you did–how would the department respond? Probably with hostility and judgment. Yet you have sick leave! And it accrues! We hope this conversation aids listeners in recognizing your entitlement to take ALL the leave to which you’re entitled.
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