Why do people insist on coming to work sick!?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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3778 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

At first I was going to say, some people can’t afford to stay home when sick.. but then I noticed you said that he often works from home. Maybe there was something he HAD to do in the office today? Either way, no one wants to go to work when sick, sometimes you have no other option though.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I get it — but sometimes people just don’t have the sick time, so they justify coming in.  Does your employer have a good sick plan?  I know I just get a general leave bucket with no differentiation between sick or vacation, and a lot of people won’t take the time for sick leave.

That being said, if you have more than the sniffles or a cough, you shouldn’t be at work because you’re infecting everyone.  I keep hand sanitizer and lysol wipes around for this reason!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MsGinkgo:  Asshole. Seriously..

I know people say sometimes you can’t help it, but yes you can. Figure it out, you shouldn’t get to spread germs just to get something done.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

@MsGinkgo:  If he’s been bed ridden for a week it’s possible there was something he HAD to come in for. I doubt if he was feeling that bad he would be there just because. Even when you work from home, sometimes it’s necessary to be physically in the office after a few days. I know I have had to come in when I have been pretty sick for this very reason. I don’t work from home but I do have plenty of PTO and when I’m sick I stay home but there have been times where due to low PTO or something work related I have had to come in.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Tough one. I’ve had a cold AND the flu in the last month, and am still recovering. I’ve taken 4 sick days in total, and I pretty much had to come in or else I’d have to go on general illness leave, get a doctor’s note… etc.

Maybe he’s out of sick days. Maybe he needs to get something done. Maybe he had to come in to do something/go to a meeting vs. work from home.

If I took off as many sick days as I would have liked to, I would have been off work for most of the last month. That just isn’t realistic when all you’ve got is the flu.

I’m usually one of those people who is like “for god sake, go home!!!”, but now that I’ve been sick with this crap for so many weeks, I understand that it’s not always that simple, unfortunately. I’d love to be home in my bed right now *sigh*.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

I admit that I’ve come to work a little sick before because we don’t get designated sick time — it comes out of our already modest vacation time. But we have our own offices, so I can pretty much contain myself and stay away from other people. Plus, I’ve never come in when I’m SUPER sick. That’s so not fair to everyone else.

Sometimes, people come into work sick here and then come and sit in my office and cough. Ugh! If you have to be at work, at least try to keep yourself away from everyone else!

And the fact that you guys are in cubicles and there’s no separation?! Makes it even worse. Sorry hun. Keep sanitizing things and keep drinking water today!

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’ve gone to work sick plenty of times because when I tried to call in I was denied.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MsGinkgo:  Even though I am sure I have bronchitis I had to come in this morning for a conference call but since I have my own office I have been avoiding everyone like the plague and warning them to stay away from me.  I have also been using lots of hand sanitizer so hopefully I will manage to keep my germs to myself.  I am debating on whether to leave before or after my conference call at 11AM; it involves a lot of documents and I don’t have everything I need from the other caller yet.  I have another conference call at 2PM but I can do that one from home pretty easily since it’s just a call to find out why something wasn’t done the way it was expected to have been done.

When I worked for a doctor’s office we had to institute a rule that if you had a fever or were contagious you had to go home.  If you were coughing or sneezing and you had direct contact with patients, you were required to wear a mask.  Otherwise nurses and other workers would come in and infect everyone including the patients.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

@Woodstock:  +1 I can’t afford to miss work unless I’m throwing up and/or dying. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@KC-2722:  actually some people can’t figure it out. Some people will get fired if they don’t show up to work. Or they will lose pay that they can’t afford. Not everyone has ‘sick time’ and in this case it looks like he already took sick time. Maybe he’s out of sick time and legitimately has no other option.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Woodstock:  Understandable. If you cannot afford to be docked pay, then I can certainly understand. At my work we have paid sick time and there’s one person who comes in sick ALL the time, spreads it around, and never takes time off. It’s annoying.

ETA: Also, if you do HAVE to go into work sick.. its nice to keep your distance from others.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MsGinkgo:  yea that sucks. It seems like he really had no other option. Just make sure you’re washing your hands extra. Also start drinking extra fluids and making sure you’re getting all your vitamins so that if you do get sick, it doesn’t last as long and isn’t as severe.

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