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    Default Do you go to work with a cold?

    Curious to how people handle having a head cold and working.
    I'm talking runny nose, cough, sore throat sneezing.

    So do you take the week off work to recover and not spread it around the workplace or do you go to work because u don't want to take sick leave and feel fine to work but don't care that it may spread to your colleagues??

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    I take one or two days when I'm actually sick but no I've never taken a week off to recover. I've never heard of anyone taking that much time off for a cold.

    My workplace is pretty spread out and someone's always coughing or sneezing during winter. With 4 kids, school and work there is no time to recover. If I don't catch something at work I'm bound to catch it somewhere else.

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    Depends, not all workplaces are okay with you taking time off to recover.

    When I worked in Child Care they hated, hated me having time off because I was sick. Unless it was gastro, they wanted me to come in. They even hummed and got passive aggressive when I had doctors certificates.

    Corporate was different they sent you home if you were too unwell. They were all nurses though and we were given the flu injection each year as well.

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    Default Do you go to work with a cold?

    In my job it's damned if you do, damned if you don't. Get grilled for calling in sick, or get grilled and potentially sent home for turning up sick I work in aged care so it's important not to spread illnesses to our residents.

    Additional: We have a high level of absenteeism therefore a medical certificate is required for every shift you have off in order to get paid sick leave. Even if you never call in sick and it's one day. So many people do not bother having a sick day for a simple head cold as it still requires a trip out to a doctors. May as well just go to work. Besides, you get chewed out when calling in sick to the shift supervisor.

    So many people turn up sick so others including the bosses can actually see they ARE sick and hope they will send them home.
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    I try to take time off if I'm sick, being around sick and elderly all the time its best interest if I do. But sometimes it can't be helped because there would be literally no one to work if we didn't sometimes come in sick.

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    Most of the work I do can be done from home if need be. When I have a cold etc (so well enough to do work) I will work from home (unless there is some super important workshop on or something) to avoid spreading germs. When I'm too sick to work and need to rest up I'll take a sick day. No one has ever asked for a medical certificate and as a manager I've never asked anyone for one.

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    I definitely still went to work with a cold. I only took days off if I literally couldn't get out of bed, which was rare. Being a mum I saved my sick leave for when my kids were sick and my mum wasn't available to help.

    If I felt rotten I would take a Codral, then buy a big bottle of orange juice and sip that at my desk all day.

    A cold is not debilitating, and I think it's over the top to wallow around. Sure, don't overdo it while you have one, but stuff can still get done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kim85 View Post
    Curious to how people handle having a head cold and working.
    I'm talking runny nose, cough, sore throat sneezing.

    So do you take the week off work to recover and not spread it around the workplace or do you go to work because u don't want to take sick leave and feel fine to work but don't care that it may spread to your colleagues??
    For those specific ailments - no I would not call in sick.

    No I wouldn't take time off to recover. I save sick leave for gastro raging fevers, sick kids and broken bones.

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    So interesting to hear your responses.
    I work in a box with 5 other people at a time. One guy was sick last week but came in. Coughing everywhere.. Nowhere to escape because we all work so close. Now I have a cold and chose to stay away from work so I don't spread it further.
    It is damned if u do, damned if u don't at my work too but I always chose to stay away to stop spreading because I get so annoyed when someone turns up sick.

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    This might sound controversial but in my experience whether or not people call in sick can depend a lot on their job role and whether it can be done by other people. For example I've found in some places that some receptionists and nurses take time off freely for minor illness as they know the impact will be minor, ie someone else will do the the work while they are away. Obviously it impacts on the other people filling in and most people would take this into consideration and feel bad but there are always some who don't worry about it. However if one of the vets is sick it makes a huge difference, appointments have to be rescheduled, potentially surgeries too as the remaining vets already have a full work load and can't double up on appointments for example. So in my case although I'm sure people don't appreciate bugs being spread around if I'm sick, I think they get more annoyed at the inconvenience of having to rearrange things so I would never consider taking time off for a cold.

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