(Closed) Sick of Sick people

posted 11 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

ugh I work with kids and parents always think it is okay for them to come to camp/school sick! Then every kid starts getting sick, and the staff gets sick. Then I have to chose whether to come to work sick or lose money (I only work part-time so I don’t get sick leave).

Maybe an anonymous note in the break room to kindly remind people to stay home if they are sick? And some strategically placed boxes of tissues and hand sanitizer?

If you talk to HR maybe they can send an office email with a reminder to not come to work sick for the sake of others in the office.

Post # 4
2395 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I hate when people come into my office sick.  Usually, everyone yells at them to go home.  Sometimes I think people are afraid to call off… but if I’m really sick there’s no way I’m coming into work! 

The worst is when people cough and sneeze repeatedly in our elevators.  Tight spaces + airborn germs make me cringe.

Post # 5
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think a big issue is that now-a-days some people don’t get sick leave or have used all of it and therefore it’s either A) stay home like you should and get better, even though you will lose pay for it or B) come in to work, get paid and risk making the rest of the office sick. A lot of people just can’t afford to lose that day of work & day of pay (I’m not saying it’s right because I certainly would rather they stay home, but I understand why they do it).


Post # 6
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

When I worked in an office I would hate when people would come in sick to work.  But now I work in a hospital – there is no avoiding sick people now!

Post # 7
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree that it is horrible!  I thankfully didn’t get sick at my old job but if I had, I would have had to come in sick because I had to use all my vacation/sick time for surgery recovery.

Post # 8
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

it’s also possible that the people that are sick in your office have had the same issues that you’ve had with trying to take sick days.  it sucks.  it would be nice (and appropriate) for them to stay home but often times it just doesn’t seem possible for reasons like you gave and what bella luna gave.

i would definitely talk to HR about it.  it’s not a good work environment and can potential cost the employer money since you are unable to work at 100% when you’re sick.

Post # 9
5262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I used to have the problem of a) no sick leave and b) days and days of work in a row. It’s not always possible to stay home every time you’re sick. Unfortunately paying rent or feeding the kitties often depends on me going to work sick, because we live month-to-month. I know it sucks but the most you can do is wash your hands often. 

Post # 11
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

ugh i agree….but on the other hand, when you take sick days bosses shit bricks…so its like everyones damned if they do and damned if they dont

Post # 12
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I would wear one of those silly masks… if people ask if you are sick, you could say “No, but I don’t want to be!” Maybe your boss would begin to change their mind about their sick day attitude.

And, drink lots of water! Flush your body!

Post # 13
26 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

They are probably going to work because they don’t want to get warnings for being absent. At least that’s why I go to work even when I’m sick… somehow at my job they fire people bc they did not go to work. It sucks!!

Post # 14
1102 posts
Bumble bee

If your boss is the kind who gives written warnings when people take a day off WITH A DR CERTIFICATE, then I’m not surprised people are coming into work when they shouldn’t! That’s so wrong, I’m surprised the HR person didn’t tell your boss to pull her head in and get over it. It makes me angry too, I always tell people to go home when they’re sick. I DON’T WANT YOUR GERMS. THE WORLD WILL NOT COME CRASHING DOWN IF YOU TAKE A DAY OFF.

Oh and for our US friends, the vast majority of workers in Australia get paid sick leave, a certain number of days per year. The only ones who don’t are those who work casual (rather than permanent) jobs, like in retail or hospitality. So most people should have at least a day or 2 of sick leave owing to them, most of the time.

Post # 16
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I sooo know what you mean.  I work with kids after school, but people always send them sick.  Then, the other kids get sick and sometimes we do.  And if we get sick it’s a HUGE problem with management “because there aren’t any subs” as if we choose to get sick!  Grrr!

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