Do you go in to work when you should be at home?

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Do you go in to work when you should be at home?
Wed, 01-26-2011 - 1:06pm

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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 8:08pm
I think I've had the flu maybe twice in my life. Once in college when I was sick for several days with fever and chills. That came on me while I was at school or work (I can't remember). I went home and slept for 24 hours straight. I wasn't "that guy" because I wasn't sick until well after I'd been there a while.

The last time was a few years ago. I was at home when I started feeling bad. Didn't go to work for two weeks, it went into pnuemonia.

I also stay home when I have, errrr, stomach troubles, to put it nicely. (Again, unless is starts at work. Then I go home ASAP.)

I have frequently worked with colds though.
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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 9:25pm

If I'm feeling really horrible, I stay home. If I just have a cold or something, I go to work and just try not to breathe on anything and wash my hands frequently. I have two children in daycare and work with the public, as does my DH. If I stayed home every time I had the sniffles, I wouldn't go to work for months at a time. I generally follow the rules myself that my daycare providers gives for the kids. No fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, intense coughing . . . and maybe a few other things.

The only time in recent history I remember going somewhere when I was really sick was when I was a senior in college and had to take a final. I think it was timed, and I laid my head down on the desk between sections. But that's the problem with working with students now. Professors are often very unsympathetic to students who are sick. Which means they come to campus and everything gets passed back and forth a gazillion times.

Also, there are times when I feel kind of off in the morning, but really have to go to work.

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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 9:34pm

Although it does bug the heck out of me, I do understand that there *are* people who truly have to be "that guy" in order to remain employed and while I get aggravated, I can't really fault them.

On the other hand, if it's not a workplace with unreasonable expectations, I am far less forgiving.

I lost the entire week between Christmas and New Year this year because someone decided she just HAD to show up at Christmas Eve with fever, chills, body ache, headache.



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Thu, 01-27-2011 - 12:39pm

I had the flu earlier this year and did call in sick; besides running the risk of infecting others, there was just no way I could focus and be productive on the job. Thankfully, I work at a company that is reasonable about contagious illnesses; better short staffed by one individual than running the risk of half the office being out. I have gone in to work with a cold, but I do warn my co-workers, wash my hands frequently and keep hand sanitizer and tissues on my desk.

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Thu, 01-27-2011 - 1:47pm

If I'm sick with the flu, I do not go into work.

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Thu, 01-27-2011 - 2:48pm

I rarely get sick.

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Thu, 01-27-2011 - 6:18pm

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Fri, 01-28-2011 - 1:31pm

I sometimes stay home when I'm under the weather. I sometimes go to work.

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Fri, 01-28-2011 - 4:20pm

My rule is:

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Sun, 01-30-2011 - 12:47pm

When I was at the bridal shop, it all depended on what my schedule was like.

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