Stay Home When You’re Sick. Here’s Why.
We all know it’s true—we’re in the middle of cold and flu season. It’s the time of year we dread because we’re past the warm weather and headed straight for shorter days, mittens and winter coats. Add to that stuffy noses, lingering coughs, headaches, body aches and feeling run down. Good times!
We’re human. It happens to everyone from time to time—we get a touch of this, or a bit of that, or maybe a whole lot of something. But whatever illness fells you, it’s important to take care of yourself and rest up in the comfort of your own home. Here’s why:
- You need time to get better. It may feel noble, but when you come to work sick, you’re actually increasing the time it will take you to recover. Your body needs time to rest and recuperate.
- You’re contagious. Germs spread through the air and through touch. When you cough or sneeze, microscopic particles are entering the breathing space of all the people around you. And the office is full of surfaces we all touch regularly—like door handles, printer buttons, phones, keyboards, etc. It’s easy to spread a cold to many people in a short amount of time.
- It’s easier to make mistakes. Think of how you feel when you’re sick—your focus is off, your reaction time is slower, and all you can think of is your warm, cozy bed. The work you do while you’re sick may need to be undone or re-done when you feel better, by you or by your coworkers. You can save time and improve the services we provide our customers by taking the time you need to get better.
- It’s not just about the office. Beyond passing your illness to coworkers, you never know who has someone at home with a weaker immune system—such as young children or the elderly. Your germs can easily spread to a coworker who can bring them home to others.
Be kind—to yourself and those around you
Do it for yourself. Do it for other employees and their families. Do it because it’s the right thing to do. Whatever reason you choose, make it a point to stay home when you don’t feel well. In the end, your body and your coworkers will thank you.