Its that time of year where colds and flues run rampant through office buildings, when you see Sniffly Sue or Coughing Carl walking down the hall towards your cubicle ready to spread their germs. Yep, its inevitable you’re going to encounter the sick person at the office during the winter and wonder: why are they here? We’ve all got our reasons for coming into the office sick, many of them legitimate, but have you considered the impact you have when you come into the office sick?
Form a managers perspective I would much rather have the sick person stay home and get better. First off when you’re sick you’re not nearly as productive as if you were better. You make more mistakes and pay more attention to your runny nose than you do to the spreadsheet you need to review. The productivity aside you also spread your germs; I’m sure whatever virus you have is happy that you’re spreading it to other hapless victim, but you’re going to hurt the company if you get more people sick. With more people sick the company’s productivity overall goes down which very simply translates to: you’re costing the company money.
I know a lot of people think they need to come into the office to get their work done, they don’t consider the fact that by staying at home for a day they can rest and get better. When you have the flu or a cold a day of rest is so much better for you than coming in, if you stay home and rest when you do make it in you’ll be much more productive and you’ll decrease your chances of infecting someone else with your cold.
If you can work from home this is by far the best option if you’re in a situation where you absolutely have to do work. In our day and age many people have the ability to work from home yet when they’re sick they don’t take this option. Working in your PJs with the ability to take a break when you need one although not resting will help you get better quicker.
Finally all of this comes with a bit of a caveat: all of this is when you’re sick, truly sick, and not just having a rough day because you drank too much the night before or if you’ve got the sniffles. Many people think that if they’ve got a little bit of a runny nose its time to stay home. If you’re not really and truly sick then you probably do belong in an office; no one likes a hypochondriac.
[tags]sickness, cold, productivity[/tags]