I feel a cold coming on! I need to get work done at the office, but I’m just not feeling 100%. Also, many of my colleagues tend to give the “evil eye” when colleagues are coughing/sneezing in the office. Do you have any tips on when it is okay to take a sick day, and when it is not?
I am sorry to hear that you are not feeling your best. Coming down with a cold can really put a damper on both personal and professional obligations. Being too sick to work or not sick enough to stay home is a very fine line that is, more often than not, as clear as mud. This leaves you asking the question, what should I do? With cold and flu season in full swing, let’s clear the air and get down to how to handle it.
My general advice is to err on the side of caution, take care of yourself, and stay home for the day. If you are unsure of what to do, even after hearing advice from an old lady like me, here are some questions to ask that might help clarify your dilemma, courtesy of WebMD.
- How well can you perform your job when you are feeling like death is knocking at your door?
- Are you contagious and putting your coworkers at risk?
- Will rest be the best course of action for your body and well-being?
- Are you being prescribed medications that may make it unsafe for you to drive to work or perform your job duties?
- Would you like it if your coworkers came to the office and exposed you to an illness?
If you are still undecided or afraid of what your employer might think of you missing work, visit your local urgent care center or schedule an appointment with your doctor. Odds are, they will side with me and suggest that you take it easy and avoid stressful/strenuous activities. If you are worried your manager will not take your illness seriously enough, request that your doctor write a note explaining that you are sick and are unable to work. If missing work entirely is not an option, try speaking with your manager about performing your job duties at home (if it applies to your position).
So take my advice, Under the Weather, and take a day or two off from work to rest and recuperate. Drink plenty of fluids, sip on warm tea, get your fill of nutritious soup, and give yourself time to get better. Trust me, when it is all said and done, you and your coworkers will greatly appreciate it.
Readers: What are your thoughts on staying home sick or coming to work? Do you have secret trick or “remedy” that you use to help you bounce back fast?
Wishing you a speedy recovery!
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