Under The Weather -To Work or Not to Work?

We’ve all been there - waking and not feeling well. You don’t want to call out of work because there is a lot to do. On the other hand, you don’t want to get coworkers sick and you may just need some rest. How can you make the proper decision?

Here are some questions you should ask yourself before making the call:

  • What are your symptoms? Use a symptom checker to help determine if you need to seek medical attention or for proper self-care tips. You may have access to a 24-hour nurse line service through your health insurance.  
  • Do you work in close proximity to others? It’s difficult to determine if you are contagious without seeking medical attention, however, if you feel badly and/or have a fever, it’s best to stay home. You could be a danger to coworkers, clients, guests, or anyone you come into contact withd at your place of work.
  • Can you do your job? No matter what you do for a living, being under the weather compromises a person’s ability to function at a normal level. Do you feel able to focus as you normally would? 
  • Will resting help you get well? You will prolong your sickness if you don’t take the time to rest. Plus, if you get others sick, you may decrease productivity of your entire team.

The most important thing for you to do when you feel you are coming down with a sickness is to listen to your body. If you are feeling badly enough, do not push yourself. 


“Sometimes your body is smarter than you are.”   Author Unknown