If there is one thing that fits Monday Work Etiquette like a glove this is it.
Contrary to lung doctors who smoke, Marci Alboher woke up to a bad cold and decided to follow the advice she gave in Feeling Sick? Stay Home (February 2008, Shifting Careers, NY Times). She canceled her meetings for the day.
The best cure for a bad cold is often besides drinking a lot of fluids, sleeping it off and resting for a day or two.
How many of us try to play hero as if the workplace could not function without us and end up spreading the virus to our colleagues?
Marci puts a name on this irresponsible attitude:
Not sure if you are contagious, the Florida Department of Health marries humor and sound advice with their Keep Sick @ Home campaign and its slogan 'If you have the flu, your work is through'.
As they remind us "Sick workers get other workers sick. So before you arrive with the stuffy head, make sure you don’t have symptoms that should keep you in bed."
I especially like their suggestion to "share ideas – not viruses – with your co-workers."
The 'Sick Day' Video (above) drives the point home.
Words of Wisdom for Monday Work Etiquette # 73
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