Feeling Sick? Just Stay Home

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“Powering through” a cold or flu is a great way to extend – or worsen — your illness while making all of your co-workers sick. A new survey suggests that your co-workers would prefer that you just stay at home and get well.

Staffing firm OfficeTeam recently surveyed workers, and found that 85 percent of employees have gone to the office while sick.

This happens despite the fact that 82 percent of human resources (HR) managers interviewed said their company encourages staff to stay home when they’re sick.

At the same time, 42 percent of employees surveyed said their biggest pet peeve during cold and flu season is when someone comes in sick.

Another 42 percent are most annoyed when those around them don’t cover their mouth when sneezing or coughing.

Does the Modern Workplace Turn Us Into (Sneezing, Coughing) Hypocrites?

From these results it would seem that many among us criticize co-workers for behavior that the accusers are themselves guilty of. What a bunch of flu-season hypocrites.

OfficeTeam offers three tips for being a considerate coworker during cold and flu season:

  1. Check your options. If you’re feeling well enough to complete projects but are still contagious, find out if you can work from home. If telecommuting is not an option or you’re feeling too ill to tackle assignments, work with your manager to identify team members or hire temporary professionals to help during your absence.
  2. Be a good neighbor. If you absolutely must be at work due to a major deadline or meeting, avoid getting too close to others, wash your hands frequently and cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing. Try to leave the office after the critical task is completed.
  3. Lend a hand. Offer to fill in for coworkers when they’re out sick. It’s likely they’ll return the favor the next time you need help.

Sounds like good advice. Will anyone take it?


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