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Sick in the Office

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by randomshenans, Nov 27, 2019.

  1. randomshenans

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 11, 2009

    Posts: 11,162

    Location: France, Alsace

    My headphones have died at work and I'm waiting for them to charge... meanwhile, I have the constant noise of the dude 2 desks over coughing every 10 seconds. Like a lung is coming up.

    I don't normally notice it due to the old music in my ears, but without it you realise how grating it is.

    There are a couple of people I know who are like germaphobes, who will WFH if they get a slight hint that someone in the office sneezed or coughed, but I'm like not really too arsed about that, if you get sick you get sick I suppose.
    Now days though, pressure is to stay at work and show you're working regardless of if you're about to die... so do people think you should WFH (if you have the option to do so) if you're suffering from a cough/ cold/ lurgy?

    Where do we draw the line?
     
  2. Liquid_Entity

    Soldato

    Joined: Apr 11, 2006

    Posts: 5,810

    Location: East Grinstead, W Sussex

    I never get any work done when I am WFH because I don't have a study or room I can work from comfortably on a desk. I have a nagging wife and hyperactive kid running around also when I WFH so I come to work and spread my germs when I am ill !!
     
  3. randomshenans

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 11, 2009

    Posts: 11,162

    Location: France, Alsace

    I feel this... If my wife is WFH when I am, I will be in the middle of doing work and I'll get "Can you take the bins out?" or last week it was "Are you going to put up this mirror?" I'm busy ffs!
     
  4. Wegason

    Gangster

    Joined: Feb 27, 2011

    Posts: 213

    Location: Essex

    For me on Monday, it was, "can you get the Christmas decorations down from the loft?" Errrr no, its November 25th, "I want them down, we're busy at the weekend". I mean, I've done the school run morning and afternoon, helped with dinner, I need to get on with my blooming work.
     
  5. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,574

    Location: West mids

    Yes if the option is there and it's suitable for you to do so. It's more pleasant for everyone and means you're not taking half the team down with you.
     
  6. Andre

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 25, 2003

    Posts: 2,610

    Location: Deep dark hole

    Currently off with coughing lungs up myself - will WFH if needed, but as most of my job at the moment involves constant talking/instruction I'm doing the absolute minimum

    Normally WFH two half days a week, and find it the most productive for me as I have no work interruptions
     
  7. randomshenans

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 11, 2009

    Posts: 11,162

    Location: France, Alsace

    Jesus, are you me? :D
     
  8. Pyr0m@nI@]{

    Hitman

    Joined: Oct 31, 2005

    Posts: 799

    Location: Merseyside, UK

    Would love to have the option to WFH, I've been taking decongestants all week
     
  9. adolf hamster

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 18, 2012

    Posts: 7,070

    I do wfh if I'm sick, I'll only go in to get the stuff that absolutely needs me to be in the office to do.

    It's more personal comfort than empathy for my co workers though
     
  10. HoneyBadger

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 2, 2016

    Posts: 2,615

    Location: Kent (Soon to be Highlands)

    I'm currently in the office, coughing my lungs up.... :/

    Will probably leave soon.
     
  11. vanpeebles

    Soldato

    Joined: Aug 22, 2004

    Posts: 6,208

    Location: County Durham

    Just found out my work will be shut for two days for deep cleaning. Four day weekend! It's party time!! Woo hoo!
     
  12. andy_mk3

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 5, 2009

    Posts: 8,869

    Location: Lincolnshire

    Our receptionist is currently coughing her guts up. Not going anywhere near. I just sprayed down some keys with flash and washed my hands, I don't want to catch anything, especially with a daughter with a low immune system. It's stupid, there's a guy here with a new born baby too, he doesn't need to be taking that home. I say don't be a hero and stay at home.
     
  13. ttaskmaster

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Sep 11, 2013

    Posts: 9,237

    All them with nagging spouses - Have them email their work requests to your line manager, enquiring of him/her whether the tasks can be blended into your workstreams...

    I can't WFH as it'd mean lugging a desktop back and forth, and my home internet doesn't go faster than 0.7Mpbs, so the office apps won't even run at such slow speeds!
     
  14. Vince

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 30, 2003

    Posts: 8,533

    Location: Essex

    I work from home often but am set up specifically to do so as in ipsec, h.323 pass through for calls to my IP phone. Proper desk, office etc. If I'm working from home then the wife knows the rules, they are simple rules, leave me alone until 4/5pm if you also happen to be working from home. WFH should not be an excuse to do nothing, if anything I do a lot more, work longer hours and feel a lot more productive in the home office.
     
  15. Ayahuasca

    Capodecina

    Joined: Apr 23, 2014

    Posts: 19,209

    Location: County Durham

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  16. Chris Wilson

    Mobster

    Joined: Nov 28, 2003

    Posts: 4,415

    Location: Shropshire

    Unless you or someone you live with has serious immunity issues or suchlike exposing yourself to normal colds and flu will boost *your* long term immunity and reduce the need for doctors being asked to dish out antibiotics for the least thing, which humans are now becoming extremely resistant to. I went to school with a lad whose parents were hyper sensitive to his exposing himself to others with normal lurgies, and he had a miserable time, constantly refused access to parties in case he "caught something" and cajoled to scrub down like an ebola worker every five minutes. I doubt he's ever touched soil or handled an animal in his life, last time we met he was bemoaning the state of the pub toilets, and holding his glass to the light to examine it in detail, which to be fair were all scrupulously clean. The healthiest people I know seem to work in the most unhygienic of trades... Proper kids eat worms for a bet and get cold, wet and muddy ;)
     
  17. Ugley_Matt

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 8, 2005

    Posts: 1,426

    OMG i thought i was the only one

    Just because i am home doesnt mean i am not working!!!
     
  18. timmeh

    Mobster

    Joined: May 20, 2010

    Posts: 3,796

    Location: Englishman in the USA

    Haha I get this too. I work from home permanently as my office is 1500 miles away and my wife is off one day during the week. I’ve had to explain to her a few times that her days off aren’t my days off.

    She does well keeping the kids out of my office when they’re home too otherwise I’d get nothing done.

    It used to irritate me when I worked in an office and people would come in when they’re sick. Just stay home and use your sick time, that’s what it’s there for!
     
  19. Pyr0m@nI@]{

    Hitman

    Joined: Oct 31, 2005

    Posts: 799

    Location: Merseyside, UK

    My workplace tries to dissuade people from using sick days.
    Last couple years, if I take no sick days, I get double bonus.
    I've used my holidays instead before
     
  20. morbid42

    Gangster

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 296

    Location: Sherwood Forest

    Do what the chinese do and wear a SARs mask. Im lucky in that nobody approaches me, if they do i make a completely random off topic comment, get "that look" followed by "rrrright", and thats one less germ carrier to worry about