This is a no-brainer, if you have sick time and you’re not feeling good then stay home! Depending on the PTO at your company, you should be able to stay home from work when you’re contagious. Offices can turn into daycares, otherwise known as a huge playground for germs. Your co-workers will appreciate that you decided to keep whatever you’ve come down with to yourself.
Although, there are exceptions to the sick day rule. Don’t abuse the days your company gives you to take care of yourself. If you don’t feel like coming in, take a vacation day. There is a sort of loophole though, if a close family member like a husband/wife or children are ill that counts as a sick day too if you’re taking care of them.
Since it is flu season many colds will come and go, and the less your office is affected the better. The more people you have out, the less productive your group or department can be. So, take care of yourself and stay home if you have a spiking fever.
For fun, here are a few “sick day” excuses courtesy of Kaitlin Madden of CareerBuilder:
- Botched hair transplants
- Injuries caused by desk-sleeping
- Chicken attacks
- Cow broke into their house
- Calling in sick from a bar at 5:00 p.m. the night before