Calling in sick to work can be a difficult task. First, you have to deal with explaining yourself to your boss and then you have to listen to their reply. Depending on the company you work for this could be a dangerous task. In an economy where jobs are hard to find no one wants to sacrifice their job just because they don’t feel well. However, your clients, customers, patients and coworkers may be a bit more understanding then that boss of yours. There are some times when you need to call in sick, and try not to let that boss of yours harass you. In a Glamour.com poll they found that only 21 percent of people actually call in sick when they need to.
Sudden symptoms (even small ones)
Often if we wake up with small symptoms of a common cold then we do not think about calling in sick. However, according to WebMd your cold is more contagious during the first two days of symptoms. This means the first time symptoms show up you should spend some time recovering before exposing your germs to others.
Medication effecting mental ability
There are many reasons we may have to take medications that might impair are mental state. Pain meds for back aches, decongestants for sinuses, and blood pressure medications are all examples of when this may happen. If you can’t drive or do other things because of your medicine chances are good that you can not concentrate enough to do your job well. Although, this is a very uncommon reason people do call in, it needs to be addressed. You may make mistakes at work because of impaired judgment that may have dire effects.
Just like the fact that you need to all in during the first two days of a cold, you should also call in to work if you are contagious. Pink eye is one example when you are contagious. Fevers can indicate an infection somewhere and may be contagious. If you go to work while contagious then you risk giving your coworkers your ailment and therefore make other people sick. It is actually in your companies best interest for you to call in sick if you are contagious. It lessen the number of people that call in in the long run.
Medical conditions that impair judgment
Just as you need to avoid work if you are on a medication that impairs your judgment then a medical condition that does the same should be a cause for alarm. Many conditions such as blood pressure, diabetic sugar levels, and/or muscle pains can effect your performance on the job. These blood pressure and problems with diabetes will be very easy to understand why you need to stay at home. However, muscle pains should not be ignored either. Back pain can make it difficult to concentrate and to get comfortable at a desk job.
Calling in sick to work can be a challenge. Many people know when they should call in sick to work, but choose not to. This can be because of lack of understanding from those in a higher position, or the financial strain that an unpaid sick day can cause on a family. When the H1N1 made it’s first appearance it was well documented the fact that workers needed to stay home sick. Many companies said ‘sure’, but failed to delivery any resolutions to what problems arise. You must understand that when thinking about calling in sick you should remember your health and your coworkers health also.