Ineffectiveness of the disease
When we are sick, not only do we not want to work, but we often do not have the energy or focus to perform our daily tasks effectively. This is why the “tough guy” strategy is useless for us, nor for our colleagues in the office.
Not only will you risk making other people sick if you decide to go to the office, the chances of ruining a work project or an accounting spreadsheet will be more likely if you are under bad weather. Stay home and recover so you can return to work in a productive and focused way.
You start to feel sick
Doctors at Mount Sinai Emergency Care in New York City say the first 2 days of illness are usually the most contagious. So, while it may seem pointless to call a sick person at the first sign of a sore throat or runny nose, you could save your coworkers a cold or the flu.
The first symptoms of a cold or flu include muscle aches, headaches, a raw throat, and sinus congestion. Plus, if you take the time to rest early, you’ll recover much faster in the long run.
External factors impact your sick days
Even though many of us wake up with a sore throat, a throbbing headache, a nagging cough, and a runny nose faster than Niagara Falls, we still decide to go to work and risk making everyone else sick in the office. Why?
The same NSF International survey mentioned in the introduction to this article found that external factors often cloud our judgment when it comes to whether or not to take a sick day. For example, 42% of those surveyed admitted that unpaid sick leave was a major reason for not getting sick. Others complained that a day off meant having to catch up with too much work when they returned to the office.