Is It OK to Go to Work While Sick and Sneezing?

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    Aug 17, 2016 1:29 AM GMT
    NYT: By Name Withheld, I work for a company that doles out a paltry amount of sick days and paid time off. Because I was nearing the end of the year and had already put in a holiday vacation request and bought plane tickets, I hung on to one day to last the rest of the year.

    I caught a bit of a sniffle but soldiered through work because I wanted to keep from using my final day, just in case of a true emergency. But my sneezes and coughs started to meet with some angry glances, and one co-worker took to passing my desk while holding a tissue over her face.

    O.K. — message received loud and clear. It’s not polite of me to possibly make co-workers sick. But I really couldn’t afford to take any days without pay. What should I have done in this situation, put co-workers at risk or put my finances at risk?
  • leanandclean

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    Aug 17, 2016 12:01 PM GMT
    Go to HR coughing and sneezing and lean in close to ask if they really want you to stay
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    Aug 17, 2016 4:25 PM GMT
    When I had a shitty corporate banking job, one of my coworkers came in sick, sneezing and such. She wanted to keep all her sick days so she can use them for a missionary trip to Israel. Three days later, the entire office was sick.

    Moral of the story: stay the fuck home!
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    Aug 17, 2016 4:51 PM GMT
    Self medicate to control the flue symptoms. Wash your hands often.

    YES; go into work and infect as many co-workers as you can.

    common flue infections run 10-15 days so if you got that many sick days use them and see if anyone says thank you.
  • Dynamo_spark

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    Aug 18, 2016 6:42 AM GMT
    In the first few days give or take one or two, of a cold or flu. It is better to stay home, especially if you work in an office environement. Flu bacteria not only become airborne but cling to phones, restroom faucets, etc. You may be the cause of all your fellow workers ending up with influenza.
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    Aug 18, 2016 7:44 AM GMT
    Difficult dilemma. If the company isn't providing adequate sick days, aren't THEY responsible for sick employees coming to work?

    And a false saving for them. When more people get sick, too, then the company loses MORE productivity.

    But the HR people and senior managers responsible for policy will never get blamed. Sickness is beyond their control, naturally. Or maybe blame the stupid employees for not taking better care of themselves.

    If I were a sick employee with inadequate sick leave I might find a reason to visit the HR office, and the most senior managers I could. And hack and sneeze all over them. Might get me fired, but what the hell. There are times when "Misery loves company" is a motto with merit. And providing object lessons can occasionally do the trick.
  • rnch

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    Aug 20, 2016 1:07 PM GMT
    Sneeze several times in your supervisor's face, then throw up on his suit.

    He will grant you all the sick leave you need.

    (Don't ask me how I know this!)