Post # 1
Why is that people think that are doing everyone a favor by coming into work sick? do they think people will think they are super human for still coming in while sick?
At the moment i can’t afford to get sick and being the receptionist i speak to EVERYONE! two reason why i can’t… 1- health wise… I know my immune system is low and there is no way i want to lose anymore weight. 2 – my boss get the sh*ts when i have a sick day… i haven’t take anymore sick days then i should… heck i still have days owing to me yet my last sick day i took (which i also had a doctor cert for) i got a written warning GRR!!! she just doesn’t want to stay the extra hour when i’m away.
there are about 5 ppl walking around the office with running noses, coughing and sneezing.
Craig said last night that i should talk to the HR lady (she was also in the meetings with my boss about my sick days) and tell her that ppl need to stay home when they are sick… OR wear those silly masks.
am i overreating? I haven’t said anything to anyone but i really really really dont want to get sick!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 10
I know for a fact that the people that are sick don’t take sick days so they would have many many sick days owing to them.
Post # 11
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
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
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
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 # 15
she’s only my boss… she isn’t anyone else boss. she’s nuts seriously.
Post # 16
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!