When feeling sick do you report to work?

February 7, 2012 | By | Comments (11)

As I write this,  I’m on the third week of battling a nasty head cold that just decided to return for an encore performance in my sinus cavities. And, if reports from clients, friends and neighbors are to be believed, I’m not alone.

While I often tell members of the staff at my agency that they should stay home when not feeling well, I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to myself it’s often a case of “do as I say, not as I do.”

Despite feeling like I’ve been hit with a small truck, there have been several days when I’ve gone in when I should not have – both because I could barely see straight, and because I risked spreading my illness to others.

And I know I’m not alone. I just have to look to the corner office where my father/boss sits, suffering from the same cold (a couple of his sneezes yesterday threatened to take down some walls). (Clearly, this is not a case of a business not giving enough time off to employees – rather of two people who seem incapable of taking it easy)

I could work from home, and have when I’m really feeling low. But the truth is I know I really should just log off and stay in bed. Plus, I’m convinced when I try to push through I don’t recover nearly as quickly.

So tell me readers – do you stay home when you are feeling sick?