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?
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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 1:06pm

There's a new pr campaign to get sick people to stay home from

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Registered: 01-31-2011
Mon, 01-31-2011 - 9:35pm
Prior to becoming a mom, as long as I could get out of bed and get myself dressed, I went to work, even if I had a fever. After becoming a mom, I viewed going anywhere with any type of illness very differently.

My daughter was born with a genetic disorder that makes any physical stress on the body, potentially fatal. Granted this is an extreme but it did make me view my previous habits very differently. I realized that although most people are fairly healthy I was still exposing elderly people and others, (who may look perfectly healthy, like my daughter) who have weakened immune systems, to illnesses that they may not be able to handle .

My rule now is to stay home if I have a fever or I'm coughing/sneezing to the extent that it is difficult to keep up with the...uh, medical waste and hand washing while in public.

Thank goodness for hand sanitizers.
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Wed, 02-02-2011 - 8:47am

A side bar question:

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Wed, 02-02-2011 - 10:25am

Argh, iV just ate my post.

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Registered: 04-16-2010
Wed, 02-02-2011 - 10:28am
There have been times when I wasn't sure whether or not to send my kids to school. Particularly my ds, who has a sensitive tummy. I've had to discern, at times, whether stress was causing an upset stomach, or if it was a virus, and he should stay home.
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Wed, 02-02-2011 - 3:49pm

I kept Dylan home from school yesterday.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Wed, 02-02-2011 - 4:00pm

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Wed, 02-02-2011 - 6:19pm

No I stay home if sick, especially with the flu.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Registered: 03-29-1999
Wed, 02-02-2011 - 8:55pm
That's the way it is at the last two hospital systemsi work at. You acrue points if you call in, clock in late, or clock out early, (unless pre-arranged.)
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Registered: 02-24-2010
Wed, 02-02-2011 - 9:01pm

Really . . . that's interesting.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Wed, 02-02-2011 - 9:09pm
Well, if you are out several days for the same illness, you only get 1 point. So if I call in Monday and don't come back until Thursday, that would be one point. If I callin Monday, come back Tuesday, call in again Wednesday, it's two points. So it sort of encourages you to stay home until you are well.

They really give us plenty of points so most people don't have a problem. The ones who run into trouble are the chronic late people, people who just can't seem to work on time, and the people who seem to find a reason to call in every week. And believe me, when you can't leave until your replacement arrives or when that one person who always calls in screws up your entire shift because you now have to take care of 8 patients instead of 5-6, you appreciate the point system.

If you or a family member have a chronic problem that causes you to miss frequently, then you can apply for FMLA. You don't accrue points for that. (And there were people who took advantage of that too.)

I saw a whole lot more people calling in when they weren't sick, (hungover maybe) than people who came to work sick.