When should I stay home from work

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Here is a quick guide of when to stay home from work

Sometimes it is clear that you won’t be able to make it in to work. For instance, those days when you cannot seem to manage to get further than ten feet from the bathroom before needing to retreat to your throne once again. 

However, there are other days when it isn’t quite as black and white. For those days, feel free to consult this handy guide to help you make up your mind.

Should I Stay …

You need to plan on staying home if you have a fever, if you are throwing up, or if you have a rash that is spreading. These symptoms should be evaluated by a doctor before you risk putting, and your co-workers in harm’s way. 

You should also plan on retreating to your bed if you know that you are suffering from the flu or any other contagious illness. While employers appreciate a dedicated employee, you won’t be doing them any favors if you take out half of their staff with your germy determination.

Some viruses can be detrimental to pregnant women, or to those with a lowered immune system.  Consider your work situation, both your co-workers and other individuals you may come into contact with, before venturing back to work.

When the kids are sick

Sometimes, a sick child can also necessitate the need to call in to work. While it can be inconvenient to employers, your child’s welfare should be paramount.

Some parents alternate whose turn it is to stay home and play nurse to Junior. Other parents consider who has more time off, whose job is more “understanding” of such calls, or who can best handle the sick child before deciding who will use a sick day.

When the weather is foul

There are times that foul weather can be grounds for calling in. Ice storms, blizzard conditions, hurricanes, and other extreme weather can be realistic reasons for staying home and staying safe.

While some occupations do not have the luxury of calling in during dangerous weather conditions (such as law enforcement, emergency room workers and, of course, meteorologists!), many employers would rather you forego the heroics and keep yourself safe and sound so you can work another day.

… Or Should I Go?

If you are not running a fever, if your symptoms resemble a simple cold rather than the flu, you might be well enough to work through your illness. Seasonal allergies, the common cold, and other such inconveniences can often be controlled through over the counter medications, and can keep you working productively while managing your symptoms. Often, taking some basic precautions can help you avoid spreading your cold while you work.

While it can be tempting to call in when the weather is particularly nice, for instance that first sunny day after a long span of dreary gray, unless you have a lenient employer, or an excess of time off available, it is probably best to go in to work and plan a scheduled vacation day rather than risk it.

Likewise, tickets to a sports event, concert, or play are not legitimate reasons to call in to work (unless you plan on inviting your boss, too!). The risk of getting caught, and the resulting consequences, is not worth the momentary pleasure of pursuing your extracurricular interests.

Remember, when you do choose to stay home, there is likely someone at work who is covering for you in your absence. Consider whether, if the roles were reversed, you would be willing to cover for them under the same circumstances … or would you consider their reason for absence selfish? 

If you would resent someone taking off for the same reason, then you should probably grab your latte, perhaps take a couple of aspirin, and start your commute.

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