Will you go to work sick.

@Deea48 (1168)
United States
March 14, 2008 6:38pm CST
Ok here is a question, I have to wonder if I am the only one who feels like they have to work sick. I had to work sick today, man do I feel iky. I hate when I have to do this, but with my job, there just is no one to take my place when I get sick. We have a real skeleton crew at the Pub. You can sometimes find someone to cover the night shifts, but it is next to impossible to cover the day shift. Of course I work day shifts, they are not too busy. but still I hate that I have no choices. So off to work I went, feeling better then yesterday, but as the day went on, I just felt worse and worse. Do you have to work sick? If you do, is more because of needing the money, or is it because like me there just is not the staff to cover your shift?
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
15 Mar 08
I would normally stay at home when I am sick as going to work sick will not really help others at work and at the same time I would not be able to do much of work anyway. Not to mention that there is a remote possibility that I might infect the whole office with my virus
@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
15 Mar 08
I can do the work ok, maybe not as fast, but the job gets done. It is the infecting the world that concernes me. I am hoping I am not contagouse any more.
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
17 Mar 08
That's right! I hate it when people try to run away from me when I am sick.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
15 Mar 08
Maybe I am workoholic, but I wouldn't work when I am sick. I can work 24/7 when I feel well, but no one can make me working when sick. I think that your body really need rest when sick to recover. Forcing yourself to work can make it worst in the long run.
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
15 Mar 08
Well I wish I felt free enough to take the time off, because of course you are right, I worry that I could be spreading the germ around. Also that I am sure if I stayed home I may very well feel better then I do right now, having worked all day. *sigh* I suppose I better get to bed soon, so I do not feel aweful tomorrow as well.
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• United States
14 Mar 08
The answer is YES. I have went to the office wrapped up like a mummy from head to toe from a motorcycle accident. I have worked from my laptop while on a morphine drip in the hospital because they brought me a laptop from work and begged me to try and work. I have worked when I've had the flu so bad I could hardly sit up. I'm so glad I finally quit that job and decided to be a stay at home Mom and answer discussions on MyLot with a broken finger instead. LOL
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
15 Mar 08
Oh my goodness, how aweful,well I have never had that worry. No one is bringing stuff to the hospital. But I did work once with a stint in for kidney stones, that was aweful too. I guess if we must ,we do. Glad you're able to stay home now, bet that took alot of stress out of your life.Becareful with that finger now.
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@Darkwing (21588)
14 Mar 08
I worked at a pub until I injured my leg so badly, I just can't stand for seven hours any more. However, if I was "sick" sick, then the Landlord and Landlady would cover me, if they couldn't get staff in. Neither they, nor the customers will thank you if they catch your bug. So, in that light, I would stay off. Nothing to do with the money, just my health and the health of those that I serve. Get well soon... Brightest Blessings.
@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
15 Mar 08
I know what you mean Darkwing, but the owners here do not work, in house. They do the catering, but would never cover a server or cook shift. they will let you work sick and not batt a eye. My only hope is that I am past the contagiouse part. I hate working knowing I could be spreading the germ around. I do wash my hands often, so I can only hope that was enough.
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@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
15 Mar 08
I have to work when I am sick for a couple of reasons. When I get sick, I don't get sick like most people. When I get sick, I am sick for at least a month. I get sick in the winter for no less than 3 months because I keep catching everything that is going around. So, I will get sick with Bronchitis and a bacterial sinus infection. I will be sick with that for no less than a month and right about the time that I am finally over it, I get about one day of comfort before I catch another illness. Then I am sick with that for no less than 3 weeks before I have about 2 days of good health and move right on into my third cold. So, if I start taking time off for being sick, I will miss at least a week per illness until I can feel decent enough to endure the day. That would be at least 3 weeks of sick time off and, I don't have that kind of time. My next problem is that I am the Administrative Assistant for a small 3 person company. The other 2 people in the company are the owners and they are out more than they are in so, if I am not there, there is a great possibility that no one will be there. They need me. I can't take time off to be sick. In the 5 years and 6 months that I have been working for them, I have only taken 3 sick days for 2 migraines and for one day when I had a fever of 102.
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
15 Mar 08
Are you a smoker cortjo, I use to get sick like that every year, in fact my family would tease me. Now I take vitamins, and I hardly ever get sick like that. But I remember it well, and I did not miss work then either, I knew it wasn't a virus so much as a condition. Sadly it always started as a virus though. Of course I am sure it helped that I smoke way less now, compared to then. I have been at my place almost 2 years and have not missed a day yet because of sickness.
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• United States
14 Mar 08
I think everyone has at one time or another, in my work I am in close contact w/ my clients so I tell them if I have a cold and let them make the choice, if I'm real sick there is not a chance, I call and cancel
@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
15 Mar 08
When I worked at the nursing home, I never went there sick, and at most of my other jobs, there was at leaste someone I could call to come in, or the boss would send me home and find someone. This is really the 1st place where I felt I had no option but to go in.
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• United States
15 Mar 08
That stinks, I hope you get to feeling better :)
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@kimbers867 (2540)
• United States
15 Mar 08
When I worked in corporate america, I would try to go to work unless I was running a fever, used my sick time. I remember one time I was the only other person who knew how to run the mailroom and the mailroom person was on vacation. I had to go in because a big mailing had to go out, I was running a fever and achy all over. Did anyone really care, not really. Now I work as a substitute teacher and if I am sick and germy I will not go in so I don't infect the kids. But if I don't work I don't get paid. Luckily, I have been pretty healthy lately. Today I woke up with the start of a migraine and thankfully it did subside by lunchtime. Luckily it was an easy day since the kids were participating in a fundraising event. Hope you feel better soon.
@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
15 Mar 08
Yep , I know what you mean, about does anyone care, both my bosses were in today and neither one really gave a hoot. I so understand about not going with kids, I was the same when I worked in the nursing homes. I did not want to get the seniors sick. Thanks Kim, I am sure this to shall pass
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@beccarose (121)
• United States
15 Mar 08
To answer your question. Its both. I have to work because I need the money and there is no one to cover my shift, which is second because no one likes to work second shift! I hate it! Try working at a nursing home. :-p
@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
15 Mar 08
I have worked in a nursing home, did for almost 20 years, I liked the second shift, except when my kids got older I had to change to get with their schedule. but since they use temp pool workers out here, I never worreid about calling in sick, I never did then, didn't want to get the seniors sick.But in the line fo work I am in now, they do not have pool workers, well I think there is some sort of temp service like that, but I know my boss would not use that.
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@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
14 Mar 08
I have worked a lot while beeing ill. I did it because too many people depended on me. It worked well for a long time but then all of a sudden it was impossible and I ended up housebound with M.E. That was no fun at all. Hope you'll feel better tomorrow
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
15 Mar 08
I guess I feel abit like that as well, they depend on me. This has me kinda thrown because I do not get sick to often anymore, But when I do, it sure seems to hit me much harder now. Thanks teison, I hope I feel better tomorrow too.
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
15 Mar 08
I work as a Waiter.I've only rarely NOT gone in to work with various bugs or sports related injuries,and have never gone home early if feeling unwell..I'll finish my shift beforeI go.. It's pretty much cos I'm needed,not the money in most cases!
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
15 Mar 08
When I was working I would go into work sick alot. Because I didnt like to use my sick days.LOL Also is I missed a day I would get so far behind. I would only stay home if it was contatious. I didnt think it was right for everyone else to get sick too.
@winterose (39914)
• Canada
15 Mar 08
I have gone to work sick as a dog for years until I could no longer work outside the home, I have been on disability now since 2005
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@chiyosan (30198)
• Philippines
15 Mar 08
yes. if i needed to finish important task i will defintely go to work even if i am sick. also i have done this several times and cause i value my attendance at work, i will go to work and will usually take things down a bit. it was not because i need the money, cause we have paid leaves and if i dont go to work, i will not be deducted a day's salary. i guess its my work dedication that is pushing me to go to work.
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• India
15 Mar 08
Hi, you are right it is very difficult to go to work when you are sick. IF you work even when you are sick and not in a need of money it shows great character in you. It shows your devotion and dedication towards your work, and also from within you will feel proud of yourself. If you are sick you always have a choice of avoiding to go to office at that time. But if you go to office it shows that you care more of your work than of anything else. So, If i were at your place I would definitly go to office work less hard if very sick and give my best to the work.
@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
18 Mar 08
It was hard but I survived, and by the 3rd day I felt so much better, thanks goodness. I hope I stay well now. I am sure it was just a virus, that I had to get through.
• United States
15 Mar 08
I have worked when I was sick many times. It all depends on what is going on at work vs. how bad I feel. If things are slow, I can take a sick day or two and just let my work pile up (there isn't really anyone who "covers" for me unless I work it out ahead of time like for vacation). But if we are getting ready for a show or have an event that day, I pretty much have to go in. In those cases, I just try to stay away form others and be careful about what I touch if I'm contagious. If I'm just feeling a little icky, I usually try to power through or do a half day, just so I don't get behind.
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
18 Mar 08
I also have to cover my shift in advance for vacations or any events I need time off for. My boss schedules 3 months in advance if I do not get my requests in for those 3 months it is my job to cover the shifts.
@sid556 (30999)
• United States
15 Mar 08
Yes, I have gone into work not feeling well. I can't afford to take time off and also it is difficult to cover my shift. Luckily, I very rarley feel too sick.
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
18 Mar 08
I am the same way sid, this was the 1st time I was sick all winter, I rarely get sick any more. Plus I can not afford the time off, I am be moaning that day off. I will be short a day in pay now.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
15 Mar 08
my father always said work when you are sick - then cash in your sick days and enjoy them at once. I would probably work while I was sick but I find it irresponsible to work sick if you have a communicable illness such as an upper resp. infection/ strep etc..., if you work around others or serving the community directly.
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
18 Mar 08
For things such as strep, or pink eye ect... I agree a person should just stay home, I would have to I think in that case.
@mbs730 (2151)
• Canada
15 Mar 08
If you have a cold or infection that is being treated with antibiotics, well sometimes you don't have a choice but if you are sick with a bad virus, STAY HOME!!!
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
18 Mar 08
You are right, we should all stay home, but if you read many don't. Sometimes folks feel they have no choice.
• Russian Federation
15 Mar 08
i think most people don't pay attention to their health. as a medical student, i see many patients doing some careless mistakes, if you are sick you haave to take proper medication and rest to cure yourself. but people take it easy till it goes to a serious situation. so people please take things serious as it starts as far as health is concerned.
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
18 Mar 08
I suppose in your field you would have hard time understanding why people do not take better care. I wonder though do you work when you feel ill, being a medical student I know you must have a very tuff schedule , when you get sick does it keep you from your studies and work.
@Winter08 (441)
• Canada
15 Mar 08
My reasons for working while sick were: #1 the money #1 the people who would be covering for me would not be doing my work the way I do my work (Control Freak Factor) Of my two #1 reasons, CFF was probably the true one for working when absolutely not feeling up to it. I tell myself I won't be doing this in any future job, but the odds are high that I will do the same.
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
15 Mar 08
Well for me it is not the CFF, when I was younger I suffered from that more lol. here is is just the way it is. Of course I do not like to loose the money, but if I am really sick. To heck with the money.
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