If you’re sick, please stay home from work.
A survey by tax and business law information and software provider CCH says 56 percent of employers now report that “presenteeism,” when sick employees show up for work, is a problem for them. … CCH says sick people reporting for work not only have a lower rate of productivity, but they pass their illness around to other workers and customers.
I cannot stand having sick coworkers in the office. You know the type. They come in, stick their mucousy head in their boss’ door and then sit in their cubes sniffling, sneezing and complaining. Halfway through the morning you trip over them in the breakroom digging through the first-aid kit for those two-packs of generic pills or nuking mugs of tea. They leave sheets of paper on the copier and make the rounds to all the cubes of other friend coworkers (yourself included) to moan about their misery.
A few days later they’re in fine form, but others have caught the krep they brought with them on their “good attendence” day and decided (wisely) to stay home. The former sicko then spends a good portion of the day letting everyone around them know that they are a much better employee because THEY showed up when they were sick. The former sicko will corner you in the ladies’ room and gripe about how all the others don’t deserve their higher salaries because they’ll take a sick day.
I can’t vouch for all jobs everywhere, but in my experience most of them are not brain surgery. Very few people are actually inexpendable on a grander scale. If you were my employee I would much rather you stay home for one or two days and get well. It beats having you unproductive around the office for twice that amount of time and losing several other people to sick days as well.
I’ve always thought “perfect attendence” was a bit of a joke. I mean, for crying out loud Robots can show up every day. People are human and it’s normal to take time off work.