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Do you code on sick days?

Survey period: 18 Jul 2022 to 25 Jul 2022

Some stay in bed, som binge watch TV. And some of us can't keep away from the keyboard

OptionVotes% 
If I can reach a keyboard and see the monitor, then I'm coding638.45
If I'm feeling mentally up for it, sometimes14819.84
If I'm not too sick and absolutely have to get some coding done648.58
Depends on how sick, depends on what I get to code19426.01
Only in emergencies10313.81
No way, never. I'm sick, I'm off the compiler.17423.32



 
GeneralIf I'm sick, my laptop only does Netflix. Pin
willichan19-Jul-22 12:17
professionalwillichan19-Jul-22 12:17 
GeneralRe: If I'm sick, my laptop only does Netflix. Pin
trønderen19-Jul-22 12:52
trønderen19-Jul-22 12:52 
GeneralRe: If I'm sick, my laptop only does Netflix. Pin
charlieg20-Jul-22 9:16
charlieg20-Jul-22 9:16 
GeneralWhat the heck is a "sick day"?? Pin
DerekT-P19-Jul-22 6:13
professionalDerekT-P19-Jul-22 6:13 
GeneralRe: What the heck is a "sick day"?? Pin
trønderen19-Jul-22 12:50
trønderen19-Jul-22 12:50 
GeneralRe: What the heck is a "sick day"?? Pin
DerekT-P20-Jul-22 0:25
professionalDerekT-P20-Jul-22 0:25 
You're right on all counts, of course. I have in the past worked with other contractors, both as loose "teams" where all players have access to all the code and work just as a normal dev team, and also I've subcontracted specific jobs out to specialists (or generalists where I've just been short of time). I've also worked as a subcontractor for one-man bands, too. However support tasks often need an in-depth knowledge of both business rules, application structure, and code at the lowest levels. It's hard to have someone else come in "cold" and just pick up and run with it on an ad-hoc basis. For one thing it may take them between 2 to 10 times as long, and the client's not going to be happy paying effectively 10x their normal rate, and the subbie is not going to be too keen charging one hour for 10 hours' work. (Maybe if they know that there will be regular work coming in, but even so on a large project there's a lot of learning to do!) Not quite the same as fixing a leaky tap, or even a temporary fix for a broken tooth.

In practice in my case I'm often "the IT department" and while I try my hardest to get clients to take responsibility for their systems, I suspect it's still easier for them to phone me up and tweak a setting than use the 2 menu clicks it takes for them to get to the very same screen that I use to do that. Since the effective pay rate for me doing these tasks is pretty good maybe I don't try quite my hardest... Big Grin | :-D
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GeneralRe: What the heck is a "sick day"?? Pin
Eddy Vluggen24-Jul-22 0:37
professionalEddy Vluggen24-Jul-22 0:37 
GeneralRe: What the heck is a "sick day"?? Pin
DerekT-P24-Jul-22 3:21
professionalDerekT-P24-Jul-22 3:21 
GeneralNot feasible... Pin
PSU Steve19-Jul-22 4:18
professionalPSU Steve19-Jul-22 4:18 
GeneralNot possible Pin
peterkm19-Jul-22 0:59
peterkm19-Jul-22 0:59 
GeneralIt's sure nice being in Italy Pin
Lorenzo Bertolino19-Jul-22 0:07
professionalLorenzo Bertolino19-Jul-22 0:07 
GeneralRe: It's sure nice being in Italy Pin
CodeZombie6219-Jul-22 2:02
CodeZombie6219-Jul-22 2:02 
GeneralOnly in emergencies and if there is someone to double check Pin
Julian Ragan18-Jul-22 23:20
Julian Ragan18-Jul-22 23:20 
Generalsick and coding Pin
V.18-Jul-22 21:23
professionalV.18-Jul-22 21:23 
GeneralI wonder how... Pin
Marc Clifton18-Jul-22 13:25
mvaMarc Clifton18-Jul-22 13:25 
GeneralRe: I wonder how... Pin
trønderen18-Jul-22 14:09
trønderen18-Jul-22 14:09 
GeneralAs a kid Pin
Eddy Vluggen18-Jul-22 12:47
professionalEddy Vluggen18-Jul-22 12:47 
GeneralHell to the no! Pin
Erik Burd18-Jul-22 8:44
professionalErik Burd18-Jul-22 8:44 
GeneralNormally no... Pin
Zach Burnett18-Jul-22 4:45
Zach Burnett18-Jul-22 4:45 
GeneralRe: Normally no... Pin
obermd18-Jul-22 6:01
obermd18-Jul-22 6:01 
GeneralRe: Normally no... Pin
Zach Burnett18-Jul-22 7:01
Zach Burnett18-Jul-22 7:01 
GeneralReally depend on how sick I feel. Pin
OriginalGriff18-Jul-22 0:56
mveOriginalGriff18-Jul-22 0:56 
GeneralMaybe ... Pin
Amarnath S18-Jul-22 0:52
professionalAmarnath S18-Jul-22 0:52 
GeneralRe: Maybe ... Pin
Nelek19-Jul-22 10:47
protectorNelek19-Jul-22 10:47 
GeneralRe: Maybe ... Pin
Amarnath S20-Jul-22 1:52
professionalAmarnath S20-Jul-22 1:52 

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