Last week, I was extremely sick. I was laid up in bed for days and my kids were helping me out. I didn’t come into the office, despite my desire to do so. It’s probably a good thing that I didn’t, though. With how sick I was, I needed my rest. It took a week to feel better, but I can only imagine how long it would have taken had I done my usual stuff.
Employers and employees alike need to get a better hold of what sick time needs to look like. Many employees get punished for feeling ill – they’re expected to still come to work. But that’s a terrible idea.
Something that we all need to remember is to not expose others when you’re sick. It doesn’t matter what you have; you shouldn’t spread it around. It’s also important that you get your rest, so that you can be ready to tackle the job again as soon as possible. If you keep pushing yourself, you’ll just end up worse off than where you started.
Employers, take note: people will get sick. That’s just a fact of life. Don’t punish your employees for taking care of themselves. You don’t want the rest of your staff to catch whatever that person has. You’ll lose even more productivity that way. Be understanding and allow people to rest.