Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Coming in sick is not something to be proud of...
Do you go to work even when you are sick? That's dedication your boss may not like.

"Presenteeism" - the term used to refer to sick employees who show up at work - is a growing concern for companies worried about the bottom line. A recent Unscheduled Absence Survey from CCH Incorporated, a publisher of human resources information, found that presenteeism affected more than half of the companies it polled. Other studies show that the loss of productivity from presenteeism, which can cost U.S. companies upward of $180 billion annually, is far worse than the reduced productivity that results when employees fail to show up to work. If an employee is sick, not only is he or she less likely to be productive but also risks contaminating the entire office.

Why don't sick workers just stay home? The CCH survey cited a number of reasons including wanting to preserve precious vacation time, saving sick days for later in the year, and even company loyalty. But the No. 1 reason for presenteeism in the office is the fear of missing deadlines.

Let's face it, we all have hefty work loads and it's not likely that someone else will pick up the slack while we are home recovering. But perhaps the following information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention can help you decide when you really are too sick for work.

Generally if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should probably just stay home: high fever, headache, extreme tiredness, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. In some cases, it's possible to work from home. But, if you absolutely must be at work, remember healthy habits such as covering your mouth and nose and frequently washing your hands can help prevent spreading germs to the entire office - a courtesy your coworkers will appreciate!
Hey it may not be bad but when you are working as a team some people do not handel colds well. Be respectful take a day off keep your team healthy. Keep it in moderation, but if it is bad don't act tough take a day off. In the end I think your boss will agree.
If companies are worried about presenteeism, then why are increasing numbers of employers attempting to reduce or eliminate sick time pay? For instance, the owners of the Phila Inquirer wanted its employees to accept no sick time pay for the first 5 days of sick time taken, effectively docking employee pay if they are sick. After a full week without pay (not necessarily all at once), only then would an employee have sick pay benefits. Other companies are rolling sick time, vacation, and holidays into one general term called paid time off, or PTO. Rest assured, some PTO allowances are acceptable now, but once employees are trained to accept that vacation and sick time are "things of the past," and those words and concepts have been eliminated from the workplace, that PTO allotment will begin dropping.
I have been sick since before Thanksgiving and have just missed my 3rd day from work. The first was November 26th and 27th and now December 20th. I am on my 2nd round of antibiotics. Nothing seems to be making this stuff go away. It was diagnosed as a sinus infection origianally?? I am afraid to miss more. I have constant runny nose, cough and just plain don't feel good but am afraid to miss work because of loss of PTO and work deadlines ect..
I work for a family run business (MY family run business, I am one of the daughters) and we get NO PTO at all. We are a small company and when even one of us do not show up, chaos ensues. I'm sick now actually and def. should not be here right now :(
My wife lost her job in October to a company that docked points for being absent. Which is fine, since it is their prerogative to protect thier interest. However, they went as far as to say thay all sick time had to be planned or you would be docked points. Who plans on being sick? The current people she works for actually sent her home earlier this week because she was felling ill. Why did she stay or go in the first place? Chalk it up to being better safe than sorry. Some companies do not give 2 cents about their employees. Some do. It may be easy to say that it is inconsiderate and rude to show up to work sick, but if it is a matter keeping your job or not because of strict attendance policies, I'll show up to work. In the case of wife's first job -if it gets everyone else sick, oh well. Its the company's fault. If they truly cared and had wisdom they would have decent attendance policies.
I am facing this same issue. I got a cold which started the Monday before last. I went to work Tuesday, lost my voice Wednesday and called out sick and came back Thursday even though I was not feeling better. I still have a slight cough and it is almost two weeks later.

I have hand sanitizer at my desk and cover my mouth while coughing. Honestly,I would prefer to stay home but if I do, I'll miss deadlines. I hate thinking of the idea that I might be making people sick and I would not want them to do the same to me but I hardly have any sick leave available. What else is there to do?
I really hate when I go to a [sub shop] and ask for a sub knowing the person is sick coughing. I dont want to be mean so I buy the sub,drive down the road, and throw it in the garbage. I reach foe the the hand wipes and try to decontaminate my truck. I would sooner touch wild life than eat that sub!
Ok I'm a person who is lucky or unlucky.. you decide because i'm just confused by the though of this...

I'm a person who doesn't get sick like the rest... I catch very subtle simptoms of the normal common cold. Sometimes none at all... I smoke and I drink and I work, now isn't it possible that I'm a "common cold" carrier and one that passes it and never gets the full onslaught of the cold? I would offer up myself to a study if need be to get to the bottom of my non sickness... in fact I find myself more sick in the head due to the fact that I can't stand people who get sick and complaign all the time... If I had to diagnose myself I'd say that I just will myself to be healthy. I endure aches and pains and push myself to march onward. Maybe that means I'm going to have a short lived life... I don't know or really care because I will not let myself fall prey to suggestive side effects. Yes I know some are "real" and thats why we have real doctors working on them... anyways I could go on forever ranting about health care and what I think people should do, the cold hard fact is that I'm not paid to do so and not educated in the field so who really would listen to me anyways.

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A few years ago, I came down with an awful case of strep throat. I was so sick I could barely move, but my boss called, angry that I hadn't made it to work. I was so afraid of being fired that I dragged myself in- and promptly fainted! I was sent to the doctor, who diagnosed me and sent me home with medicine. The irony is that the half hour I was in at work was enough to infect 7 different people with strep (which is highly contagious) , all of whom had to take off a number of days. For a small company of only 12 people, this was a catastrophe that could easily have been averted.
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