I’m Sick. Should I come into the office?

NO.  The answer is NO. No, you should not come into the office. This seems like a no- brainer to me but perhaps I suffer from an over abundance of rationality. I know..it’s a curse. But let me be the one to impart this tidbit of knowledge onto you…please don’t come in to the office when you are clearly sick just to be a martyr.

Let’s go through the logic here. First of all most office workers have something called paid sick days. This means that when you are sick, you don’t have to come into the office.  You are allowed, nay encouraged, to stay home and wallow in your infectiousness (not sure if that’s a word). If you’re one of those unlucky souls who doesn’t have sick time I don’t know what to tell you.  I guess maybe get a new job?

Ok secondly, if you’re not sure if you’re too sick to go into work or stay home let’s create a litmus test.

  • cover-coughs-cover-sneezesDo you have a fever?
  • Are you throwing up?
  • Do you have a raging case of diarrhea?
  • Are you having difficulty breathing due to blocked airways?
  • Did you go to the doctor and you’re on antibiotics (first day)
  • Do you have the flu?
  • Do you have strep throat?
  • Chicken pox?
  • Mumps?

In my humble opinion as a layperson, any one of the aforementioned afflictions should be cause for utilizing a sick day.  The main consideration here should be the health and well being of your co workers.

There is only one solution for the annoying office worker who comes into work sick and that is to politely confront them and tell them they really should be at home resting. Most of the time they will nod in agreement, gather their belongings, inform their boss that they need to go home and you will be rid of the contagious agent. Mission accomplished.  This is definitely one of those times when it is A-Ok to tell your coworker that they need to remove themselves from the office. Hope this helps – don’t be shy…protect your immune system!

– Becca

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