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Weird Work Ethic by TERRY S on 20 February 2008 12:38am
Hi, guys! Was just wondering about your opinion on this little dillema? I weassn't feeling well today, but went to work anyway. i told my bnoss and he said instead of coming in, maybe you should have stayed home. My boyfriend and I think this is stupid. Shouldn't my manager have been grateful that I made the effort to go to work? Opinions on this would be welcome, especially if you are a boss yourself. Ta, fellow Palinites!
Re: Weird Work Ethic by mrsthing on 20 February 2008 12:57am
My most recent boss--12 years ago--preferred that sick employees stay home. He didn't want them infecting everyone else and creating a staffing problem.

I think it depends on the kind of work you do and whether or not you can work from home. If your boss really needs you there, you suck it up and go in. If not, stay home.
Re: Weird Work Ethic by tucsonmike on 20 February 2008 2:24am
It cuts both ways. Your productivity may not be up to par anyway, plus more can end up out of work if it spreads.
Re: Weird Work Ethic by Spursfan on 20 February 2008 8:52am
No - I agree with your boss Terry S. You obviously felt bad enough to tell your boss about it; if you had just shrugged it off you wouldn't have bothered to tell him I don't think.

The reasons I agree are these:

1. You may have infected work colleagues, so he could have been down 6 workers instead of just one (this figure depends on the size of your workplace of course)

2. Depending on the type of work you do, your capabilities would, naturally, not be 100%. If you do an office type job, this means you would be probably be slightly slower and less accurate. Of course if you do a physical job it could be dangerous for you and your colleagues.

3. Rather than spending a day (or two or whatever) wrapped up at home getting well you went into work. This could have either slowed your 'healing' time or made you worse, thus creating a potential for you to be off work for a much longer time.

Hope you are feeling better now.

Re: Weird Work Ethic by kazzzz on 20 February 2008 10:18am
I disagree, you should go to work even if you have the Black Plague!! AND you should work on Christmas Day. Oh and if members of your family are ill, bring them to work too :)
Re: Weird Work Ethic by elina on 20 February 2008 10:54am
It depends how bad you feel. Perhaps it would have been best to stay home, especially it's flue or influenza which other people can catch easily. I probably would have gone to work also. I hate to be away.

Feel better soon! :)
Re: Weird Work Ethic by kisch on 20 February 2008 11:03am
Sick people should stay at home. Nothing wrong with that. And that "heroism" is not really needed and usually not appreciated.
Re: Weird Work Ethic by suzulu on 20 February 2008 11:52am
My boss would prefer any colleague to stay at home if they have some infectious illness.

But on saying that one of my colleagues has "dragged" herself into work for the past three days with fluey symptoms and hasn't said anything to the boss about feeling unwell. The boss is now abroad with work for the rest of the week.
Re: Weird Work Ethic by Spursfan on 20 February 2008 1:34pm
So you mean it's - "P A R T Y" - all week, Suzulu?

Re: Weird Work Ethic by suzulu on 20 February 2008 6:04pm
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