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I really wish sick people would stay home! I have a few friends who pride themselves on "never missing a day or work or school" even when quite ill. Of course, they weren't thinking of all the people they infected who then DID have to
I really wish sick people would stay home! I have a few friends who pride themselves on "never missing a day or work or school" even when quite ill. Of course, they weren't thinking of all the people they infected who then DID have to miss work or school because of their illness.
I honestly feel, that unless your job is of World saving importance (and most people's aren't) going in to work while ill is selfish.
Where I work we are simply not allowed to work while sick, nor are we allowed to work with patients who are in the contagious stage of an illness. (I work with post partum mothers and babies and we work with a lot of preterm babies who simply can't be exposed to even routine viruses and bacteria. We aren't allowed to work with sick people or work while ill ourselves out of respect for our littlest and most vulnerable patients.)
If business didn't put so much emphasis on everyone being at their desks every day all day long, we'd have a healthier society.
It's true that it would be best if everyone could just stay home when they're sick - but tell that to the companies.
It's easy to lose your job if you're sick too often. One of my coworkers had tonsillitis and frequently called out because she got sick a lot. She has a strong work ethic and does a fantastic job, often picking up slack when others call out and really working more than she should, and they were still
giving her hell for being out more than normal.
Then there's the other side of the problem, with people calling in "sick" because they stayed up too late or didn't bother to ask for the day off ahead of time to go to a party or whatever. It inevitably makes the higher-ups more suspicious of everyone, so they feel the need to crack down.
As for me, I have chronic nausea (currently working with my doctor on it) so it's hard to tell when I'm genuinely sick. My general rule is that if I can get out of the house, I go to work. That way, when I'm really too ill to go, no one gives me hell. I wish I didn't have to do it like that, but I don't want to get fired.