I don't know how often you guys get sick enough that you need to skip work, but some people seem to make a habit of it. I am a manager at a local brewpub, and one thing I have discovered recently is that my employees don't call in sick for work. They send me texts and Facebook messages! Instead of calling the store and talking to the manager on duty, they message me directly and expect me to do something about it. Our business is open from 11am-3am every single day. That's 105 hours that we are open in a given week...and I work 40 of them. Most of the time when they message me, I'm not even at work! Drives me crazy. Today a girl texted me while I was home. "I'm sick at home and vomiting. I've texted several people to cover my shift, but no one is responding. What should I do?" My immediate response: "Call the store." I love texting as form of communication. It's nice and easy, especially if what you're saying doesn't require an immediate response. But have people really gotten so used to it that it doesn't even occur to them to call their job?