Are You Too Sick to Work?

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Use good judgment when making the decision about calling in sick to work. Ask yourself some important questions. Is what I have potentially contagious? Will I benefit from a day of rest? Can I properly complete my duties while I feel this way? Is there anything I can offer to do from home that can still benefit my company and co-workers?

If you do decide to call in, try to allow adequate time for your employer to find a replacement for the day or offer to call around and find someone to take your shift for you. Ask if it is possible for you to telecommute for the day, if your job duties involve duties that can be done from your home. Be sure to follow all of your doctor's instructions carefully, in order to insure a speedy recovery and safe return to the office.

If you must go into work, try and limit your contact with as many people as possible. Be sure to practice good hygiene, washing your hands or using hand sanitizer often. Be considerate of those around you and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and properly dispose of all hankies or tissues. Your employer and co-workers will thank you.