Do you go to work or school when you are sick?

@JenInTN (27565)
United States
January 13, 2009 2:30pm CST
Ok..this is a double edged sword. You have bosses/people that don't want you to come in sick because you will spread your illness and you have bosses/people that expect you to be there no matter what. Sometimes you decide based on your financial situation or job security so no matter, what you go in. Do you go in sick or not?
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@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
13 Jan 09
Yep, I go to work when I have a easy cold. I am mostly never sick, but sometimes I catch an cold. Twice I have done so. It is not something I do recommend. However staying home will not help. I rather work and get rid of it faster than lying in my bed and feel sorry for my self. I guess, I like my job so much that it do not matter. Dispite this, I know I should stay home, I work as assitance nurse for geratric care, and it is not wice of me to go to work with a cold. However, being sick, may cost you lot of salary and I can not really afford that. Have a nice day/evening. Catch you later
• Philippines
13 Jan 09
it is quite common among most employees to be reporting for work despite a bad colds. although it maybe not easy to be working when the head feels so heavy and the sneezing comes from time to time, it is just simply considered to be a very manageable situation. it is true that if we just stay home because of a colds having gripped us, we will only feel so low and even sicker than how it truly is.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Hi anetteh! I hardly ever get sick either. It does depend on the severity of my illness as to whether I actually go in. It's nice that you have a job you like that much.You are very lucky.Take care.
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
14 Jan 09
My enviroment is that many of the eldre at my work often are sick, so I guess, I have come to some immuneity from most of the bakteria goig around uss. I have been sick, two times and those I atleast did not have any fever, and I could stand on my feet. The day I can not do that it is time to call in sick.
@dpk262006 (56108)
• Delhi, India
14 Jan 09
Jen, if my illness is minor and there is some urgent work to dispose of in my office, I would definitely attend the office, irrespective of the fact what others or boss might say. When I am too ill to attend the office and I know there would be of no use me joining my office, I would prefer a leave. If any of my subordinate is genuinely ill, I would advice him/her not to come to office, I'll dispose of her/his work.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Jan 09
Hello friend! You are a very nice boss. Some bosses want your tail in there no matter what. It does depend on how bad the illness is for me. Thank you so much.
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@dpk262006 (56108)
• Delhi, India
14 Jan 09
If I am a nice person, then only I could be a nice boss! I try to help others, as much as I can.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Jan 09
I can tell you are a great manager! I just read a book..Management from the Heart. Did you write that? lol
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@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
13 Jan 09
i am in a band so i have not much of a choice but still go to work even when i am sick. if i can not really make it i will look for someone who can take my place for the mean time, or the group will look for a replacement for a day or two. it is not that easy to look for a replacement but that is what we do when one of us is sick. if the singer is the one who is sick that is the only time we need to cancel work. it is much complicated to look for the replacement of the singer
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Jan 09
A band! That's great! I would say you would have to cancel if it were the singer sick. What do you play if you don't mind me asking.
• Philippines
15 Jan 09
we sing cover songs. we play a little of evrything.... songs that are popular fom the 50's up to the present. i sing also a little... well everybody sings and give their shares. i started to be in a band when i was 18 or 19 but started playing guitar when i was 11. my dad is a musician too so there are a lot of instruments and things that i can use around the house.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Jan 09
My boyfriend is a musician too. He plays anything with strings and some without. He sings too. It amazes me how easily he just picks up different things and plays them.lol.
@cupid74 (11395)
• Pakistan
14 Jan 09
Hi dear thanks god that i never got that ill that i need to take long leaves but if i have fever, flu or cough and its not bad then i come to offie, but if its worse and can effect others than i take one day off. And if i have diherrehia then sure u have to take day off Wish u all rthe best Bye
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Jan 09
If I have that..I'm not going in either cuoid74..lol. It's great you've been healthy enough not to have to stay out for any period of time. I hope your health continues to be good. Thanks for the response.
@cupid74 (11395)
• Pakistan
15 Jan 09
Thanks Jen really appreciate ur nice wishes. u r really nice friend Take care Stay happy bye
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
15 Jan 09
Unless I am really sick and need to rest in bed, I will go to work. Ever heard that once you spread the virus to others, you will heal faster? J/K only. If I am on leave, work still has to be done by me. It will just pile up. To avoid piling up, the only choice is to go to work! If someone were to take over my duties, sure I will gladly go for sick leave.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Jan 09
It would be nice to have a stand-in when we get sick. Sure would help keep the work load down..I might even use a stand-in if I weren't sick providing I had one.lol Thanks for responding.
@23uday (2998)
• India
15 Jan 09
hi friends yeah if it is just normal weakness or slight headache,then also i attend my college.but if it is something really very serious like having a very high fever with complete weakness ,then i dont go to college.i attend a doctor and take proper medications and take some rest. bye!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Jan 09
Hi 23uday! Thanks for responding. A lot of people have said it's hard to catch up on their assignments in school when they have to be out sick It's tough to choose sometimes. Rest and medincine can be the best thing though.
@sacmom (14317)
• United States
15 Jan 09
That's a good question Jen. I don't think I did when I was in school. I didn't care for school anyway and I avoided it even when I wasn't sick. LOL As far as work goes I did go in once when I was sick. It wasn't so much that I needed the money as it was only a part time minimum waged job, but it was a new job and I didn't think it would be a good idea to call in sick so soon after I got the job, so I went in. My husband goes in to work when he is sick, if he's well enough to. He has to though as he's the only one bringing in a paycheck. Fortunately he works alone the majority of the time and when someone does go to check on his work or to talk to him they turn around and head the other way and get the heck out. LOL
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Jan 09
LOL... It's easier to make the decision when you work alone to go in or not. I can see what your saying too about not wanting to miss after just getting your job that time. Thanks for responding.
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
15 Jan 09
Hi Jen, I'm not working anymore but when I did I worked as a teller at a bank. If I had a cold and no fever, sometimes I would go in. It all depended on how bad I felt. If I felt pretty bad, then I stayed home, for my sake and others. But another reason I had to consider was if it was worth taking the chance of being out of balance because my head wasn't clear enough to work without mistakes. Personally, I feel that anyone sick and likely to spread it around should stay home. It's only fair to those around you. leenie
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Jan 09
Good points leenie. You do take a risk of spreading it and I know it clouds your judgement being ill. Especially if you take medicine. Thanks
@my125125 (822)
• Malaysia
15 Jan 09
Hi Jen, when I still in study, I will go to school when I'm sick, but not in fever. And when I working now, I also need to go to work when I'm sick, as my boss don't like the staff always absence on job.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Jan 09
Thanks my125125. Alot of people have to go on in. Take care.
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
15 Jan 09
I did go in while sick because the boss expected it, he never really believed anyone was sick.. So I would go in and then if I was sick enough, he would send me home again.. None of the employees word was good enough, he had to see for himself.. A few times, I was so sick that I couldn't go and then I stayed home and didn't care what he thought..They do have a way of making you feel like you are telling a story and just laying our of work..
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Jan 09
That's no good. I have a way of feeling guilty when I'm out anyway much less if the boss thought everyone was lieing.Thanks for responding.
@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
15 Jan 09
Unless I am on the verge of not being able to literally move or if my cold is very contagious. I go to work sick some days, since I have a private office and I don't usually have visitors in my office. I still go to work, since I hate to get behind in my work, and because of the nature of what I do, I have to stay ahead of everyone else. That was my attitude when I was literally a workaholic working 60-95 hours per week. When I work 41-46 hours per week nowadays and I do not plan to get sick. Although I know it may happen someday, I eat right, drink plenty of water and try to help as many people as possible in life. With my lessor work schedule, I still have to stay ahead of everyone else in my job, but I have access to volunteers that assist me, so if I am out, it isn't as crazy as I've had it to be in times pass when I was doing everyone else's job for them and not just my own. I have 5 hours of sick leave left over from last year. Although those hours don't carry over from year to year. So as you can see I don't try to use them at all. Ironically though, this year I only have 8 hours left. I had to go into the hospital unexpectedly so that's primarily the reason why.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Jan 09
Well I hope your better now and thanks for the response. I'm glad things are a little easier for you now because I know how it is to have to stay on top of the game.
@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
15 Jan 09
I've gone to work sick, got my client sick and put her in the hospital. But this was a really Kick But bug, I've been to work sick before and didn't get her sick.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Jan 09
Wow..sounds like a kick butt bug alright! Thanks for the response.
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@Tinna_He (300)
• China
15 Jan 09
If i have many difficult things to deal with soonest,i will go to work or school.i will leave early if i finished all the things.If there are nothing to do ,i will ask for one day when i am sick.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Jan 09
Thanks for responding..It would be nice to finish things before going home to rest.
• United States
14 Jan 09
If I just have a mild cold I would go. There are measures you can take to keep from spreading a virus, like washing your hands often or not touching surfaces that others have to touch with your bare hands. I always keep disinfectant wipes handy when I'm sick and use them to open doors and such. If I have something more serious like the flu, no there is no way I would risk infecting someone else. Flu viruses can affect different people in different ways. If someone were to end up in the hospital or even die because I didn't stay home from work, I would never forgive myself. The worst flu I ever had was because my boss had just come back from a business trip in Hong Kong with a bad case of some weird Asian flu. He came to the office anyway, terribly sick, walked into my office to tell me something and coughed right in my face. Three days later I was so sick I thought I was gonna die. It turned into pneumonia and I ended up having to go to the hospital emergency room. I missed 2 weeks work. I was only paid for 3 sick days and the office manager was nice enough to let me use 2 days vacation pay. But I still lost a weeks pay, not to mention the doctor bills and prescriptions. Boy did I read him the riot act when I finally got back to work!!!
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Jan 09
I bet you did tell him a thing or two! I would be furious too! I hate you had to go through that! Good tips on how to keep from spreading your illness! I'll have to pass them on to a few I work with
@agrant10 (1446)
• United States
14 Jan 09
Yes. I go as a matter of a fact I just got through coughing. I have a bad cold. My co-workers want me to go home. However my boss has not said a word. Depending on how bad I feel I normally come in sick. I save my sick time for when my children get sick. I have over 200 hrs sick time now.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Jan 09
I'm sorry to hear that. When you have children it's important to save that sick time. Believe me..I know. Thanks for responding and I hope your better soon.
@celticeagle (117155)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Jan 09
I think most people go to work if they have a simple cold. It takes afew meds and you can handle it for 8 hours. BUT, afew years back I was having bronchitis about every three months. I would just get over it and get it again. It finally went into pheumonia. So I missed ALOT of work. If you have ever had bronchitis you know how awful it can be. After the pneumonia I never had bronchitis again. Months of sickness. How fun!
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Jan 09
Wow..I bet you did have to take some time off! I'm glad your better now. Thanks for responding!
@GemmaR (8526)
14 Jan 09
I don't like to when I'm sick, because I hate it when other people come into work sick and then pass it onto me, but my bosses will not be happy if you have a day off. This is bad, as it shows that they would prefer more of their employees to be ill rather than let one person have just a couple of days off.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Jan 09
It is bad GemmaR. It is like I said..a double edged sword! Thanks for the response!
• Philippines
14 Jan 09
Yes I go to work even if I am sick in fact right now I am sick because of change in weather been sick since Friday but still I go to work. I don't want to spend my time just lying around at home it just makes me sick more. I just take meds.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Jan 09
Hope you get to feeling better. Thanks for responding.
• Hong Kong
14 Jan 09
Unless I am very sick and really can't go to work, I would prefer working than calling in for sick, because I hate seeing doctor (If I want to have sick leave with payment, I need to go and see the doctor and ask him to write me a sickness proof and submit it to HR).
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Jan 09
Policy can definately make up our minds for us sometimes. Sounds like a hassle to take a day off for you. Thanks for responding!
@nilzerous1 (2435)
• India
14 Jan 09
I actually prefer to attend my office even during my sickness. Though I do not suffer from major diseases. But I suffer a lot from minor headache, and some other health hazards. Actually, being at work helps me to recover early as I can hardly get any scope to think of myself while during working hours. I just take regular medicines and continue to work.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Jan 09
Sometimes the best thing is to stuff a pocket full of medicine and head to the office. If you get better faster..that's the way to go. Thanks for the response!