Stern took an unexpected day off from his Sirius radio show and the Internet melted down
Even the “King of All Media” needs to unplug sometimes.
Howard Stern shocked his fans by unexpectedly canceling his show and taking a personal day on Wednesday, which long-time listeners claimed the SiriusXM host has never done before.
I have listened to the #HowardStern show since the 80s… NEVER canceled a show before! I am very concerned about the reason.
— Dave Sweeney (@dsweeneyjr) May 10, 2017
Peace and love to my hero @HowardStern, who has missed a live show for the first time ever this morning. I hope everything is ok
— ed (@efs120) May 10, 2017
Concerned fans fretted on social media that marital troubles, sick parents or Stern’s own health were behind the 63-year-old shock jock’s sudden absence.
With Howard's unscheduled off day makes me think it might be something with one of his parents #HowardStern
— lou skunt (@gterrazi) May 10, 2017
While no one from “The Howard Stern Show” has offered an explanation yet, the truth is that personal reasons exist for just that: personal reasons.
The average American gets three paid personal leave days a year, or flexible paid time off (PTO) when sudden needs arise that don’t call for a sick day, but that you also wouldn’t want to waste a vacation day on. These include taking care of a sick child or attending a parent-teacher conference, going to a doctor’s appointment, voting or observing a religious holiday.
These can also be used as mental health days to invest in a little self-care, like catching up on sleep, going for a walk, meditating, or spending extra time with your family. Studies show that people who take time off to decompress return to work more productive. And paid personal leave increased 20% between 1992-1993 and 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so that more than a third of U.S. workers have access to personal days.
Too bad we don’t take them. There’s still a stigma attached to taking care of ourselves, which is why more than half of us don’t use all of our paid time off. A CareerBuilder.com survey revealed that employees uncomfortable with officially taking a mental health day have called in sick to make their own personal days, with 27% of people taking the day for a doctor’s appointment, 18% catching up on sleep and 11% running personal errands.
Stern is expected to return Monday, so stay tuned.
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