If you’ve been in the workforce before, and most of you have at some point, you know there is always a coworker that loves the office so much that he or she doesn’t miss a day, even when they are sick. This coworker will come to the office with their box of Kleenex, Lysol, cold aids and such, trying to make it through the day coughing and sneezing and spreading their germs and destruction everywhere.
But as a Cubicle Chick, HR Guru, and corporate manager, I must go on record by stating that if you are sick YOU SHOULD STAY AT HOME.
Coming into the office while sick not only causes problems for the person who is sick, it can cause others in the organization to get sick too. Especially in the times of serious illnesses such as H1N1. Once you are exposed to such germs, there is a domino effect and the whole office and their families are at risk.
I understand devotion to your job, the fact that you may not have vacation or sick time available and that you need every penny on your paycheck in order to make ends meet. But you must think of the betterment of the office. And if you are dealing with clients and customers and other people from the public, you have to think of others first. Plus, it would do you some good to stay at home and treat your cold or flu before it gets any worse.
I can assure you, the work will be there when you get back!
To those bosses who use scare tactics to make people feel that they must come in even when they are ill, you need to be held accountable as well. I worked in an environment such as that before where people were scared to take off even though they had the time available to do so because Atilla the Hun would threaten you with your job. There is no place for that when it comes to someone’s health and the health of others in the office.
Be smart about your health and your job. Follow the guidelines of the company set forth and call in sick. Taking care of yourself is the best gift you can give to the company you work for. If need be, get a doctor’s note or some form of documentation so that you have proof you were indeed sick.
Do not make it embarrassing for others by having them ask you to leave because you are spreading the heebie geebies. And as always, stay focused and stay fab!
Special thanks to my Twitter e-sister @Tanijoy for the topic idea. Follow her on Twitter!