At work with a sick coworker…

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1582 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@NowDontLetsBeSilly: I’m not stuck at work with a sick co-worker, I am the sick co-worker. The reason I came in was because it would look absolutely horrendous to take sick leave two days before Christmas, and I’m not able to work from home.

Post # 4
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@NowDontLetsBeSilly:  Ew you don’t work at my work do you? Cause I’m in Seattle and I certainly don’t want the flu! lol

At any rate, that’s really rude IMO especially when he can work from home just as well! Hope you don’t get sick! Keep your distance!

Post # 5
4941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@NowDontLetsBeSilly:  Ugh, so rude! I work with food so I find it EXTRA rude and now that I’m pregnant it’s even worse. Luckily, if someone does come in sick, they try and stay away from me. 

Sorry you’re dealing with that! Pick up some emergen-c and kick that immune system into overdrive! 🙂 

Post # 6
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

Someone usually always brings up the, “maybe they can’t take the day off” thing, but I’m guessing that your boss either has sick days or can afford to take the last day off before a break to get better/not spread the disease. It is SO annoying when people come in sick. I’m a nanny, so I have to be extra careful when I’m sick, or when the kids I’m working with are sick and I am going between two-three different families. I called one of the ladies I work for telling her I had a low grade fever, chesty cough, my nose was running, etc. She’s a SAHM, so I basically was there to come over so she could grocery shop alone. She tells me, “well I’m not really worried about it if the fever isn’t above 101!” I’m like WTF, you have a four month old baby!! People are clueless.

Post # 7
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I can’t stand when people do this…I understand some people have an extremely strong work ethic and all (such as my DH)…but I am sorry. if you are sick stay home. No need to infect everyone else! 

Post # 8
6171 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am the sick coworked today too.  I don’t feel like death warmed over, I just have a head cold.

One of my pet peeves is hypocrites.  I had a co-worker tell me (and other sick co-workers) that we shouldn’t come to work sick, we needed to just stay home.  Then one day, he came in sick and I said something.  Then another time and another time .  He said he understands why we come in, needing to save sick leave for those important times like babies(though I don’t have one yet, I am saving for when I do).

I practice good handwashing and clean my desk and hope not to spread germs.



Post # 10
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

In defense of the general “sick coworker” everyone always hates on…some of us really CAN’T take sick days. I am the only one at work who does what I do, and though I technically have time off to take, I rarely, rarely do because there’s just no such thing as a day off for me. My cell is on 24/7, I work weekdays, weekends, holidays, every day. It’s just the nature of my job and it doesn’t matter if I’m sick, other people are depending on me to be available anytime and ready to work. 


People get sick, and hopefully they’re responsible about keeping their germs to themselves as much as possible. Hopefully you don’t get sick, but if you do- tough cookies, that’s life. 

Post # 11
1287 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@NowDontLetsBeSilly:  Im stuck with like 4 SICK PEOPLE, and since I am their Director, they have been in and out of my office letting me know how sick they are!!  I have asked them to stay out, go home, leave me alone (literally), but they do not want to lose any hours.  So, I have a bottle of lysol, am drinking massive amounts of water, and have been anxious all day.  I DO NOT WANT IT!!!!!  


Post # 12
2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I used to work for a Big 4 accounting firm where we had an unprescribed number of sick days available (meaning we could take unlimited sick days within reason – after 5 sick days a year, HR would talk to you, but that was still plenty!). My coworkers refused to call in sick and would come into work coughing/sneezing up snot and looking wretched. We worked in really tight quarters as we were auditors so I would always be stuck next to some sick coworker sneezing on her laptop (and mine!). So gross and annoying. One coworker was so bad that a senior actually told her to go home.

Sick days are there for a reason. Use them.

Post # 14
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I used to work at a company where the boss publicly shamed people for calling out and cut their hours the next week.

Her motto was “ALWAYS come in. If you’re REALLY sick, I’ll send you home.”

What industry was this in? CHILD CARE.

Post # 15
4468 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@NowDontLetsBeSilly:  Oh no- that totally sucks:( Take lots of walks outside to get away from the germs!!

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