Another day, another dollar. But not in the way I’d like said dollar to be earned. I am spending today in bed, wrapped in a conglomerate of comforters, fleece sheets, and an extra heavy mink blanket, which my wife likes to call the “fiery furnace.” So, needless to say, I’m putting in a sick day. See, yesterday, I was officially working from home after my trip. I was feeling something in my throat but thought that it could be combated with some tea and rest (since jet lag ever week certainly can take its toll on a body) but I was wrong. I didn’t factor in the weather change, the start of allergy season, the lack of nutrition and minimal exercise when on the road, and the sleep deprivation, all which combined to hit me with a huge fist. Everyone wants a job where they get to travel and, don’t get me wrong, it’s cool and a great experience but it means you have to work that much harder to take care of your body.
Anyway, now that I’m not working today, I’m still making myself available to the rest of my team. Folks have differing opinions on this and, generally, I say “When you’re off you’re off. However, as always, there are exceptions to every rule. Being sick never happens at a great time. Sure, you can plan some sick days to go to the doctor and get a check up and that is great. But most sick days are used to really get over something that has hit you pretty hard. And, it just so happens that my hit comes at a time when I just came off a 3 day vacation from work. Might look bad from the outside but I actually wanted to go into the office today and knock some things out.
Another exception to the rule: In the case of illness, sharing isn’t always caring. Could I go into work today, hacking and coughing for 8 hours? Sure. And I’d probably get our department executive assistant sick, along with a few others. So, I’d rather just tough it out here, checking e-mails and working on reports.
Life happens. Most of us get sick at one time or another. Use your best judgement to determine whether or not you’re sick enough to go into work. And, once you make that decision, trust it. Oh, and don’t be a jerk about it but know that your health is your business. You don’t have to ever explain anything to anyone. Just say “I’m not feeling well” and don’t abuse the policy. All of our bodies are different and, what impacts you a certain way may not impact others.
Make your health a priority.