A colleague walked into my office. I informed him he looked under the weather, and half-jokingly asked if he was contagious. He replied he didn’t think so. I suggested he make his way over to the ER to make sure. He shocked me by asking me if I thought it was okay for him to utilize his personal day as a sick day. I informed him it was his personal day and asked if he had to provide notice to utilize it. He informed me he was unsure, but was going to go take a brief nap in his car, Sure, he technically had a choice to use a sick day and stay home, but that was not how he saw it. He thought he didn’t really have a choice. I agree nobody tries to convince you to go home because they knew in that situation they’d be doing the same thing, (even I been there). Millions of Americans don’t get paid time off when they’re sick, those who do have the option often don’t take it.. Watching him walk out of my office I was reminded of a email that from our employer, and I find these eight tips valid.
- Get in the habit of coughing and sneezing into your elbow, not your hand. Children are being taught to cough like Dracula.
- Limit your interaction with other people as much as possible. If you’re going to work, consider skipping nonessential meetings.
- Avoid physical contact with other people, especially shaking hands.
- Wipe surfaces down after touching them.
- Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
- Wear a mask to limit the respiratory droplets.
- Take medication to reduce your symptoms.
- Oh, by the way, get your flu shot