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Colds.....an excuse for a day off or not?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mrbios, 5 Oct 2009.

  1. mrbios


    Joined: 7 Jun 2003

    Posts: 15,983

    Location: Engerland

    Wondered what the general opinion around here was on the common cold..

    Do you ring in sick or not? I've got a stinking cold at the moment and im at work as per usual - i work in a school, so no real reason to have the day off

    My friend also has a cold, she works in morrisons and is still in work today and doing overtime on top of her normal day, she does stock checks and office work so i guess shes not working directly handling the food.

    My colleague on the other hand (you had to be realise there was going to be a bit of a rant at some point here) has a cold and does exactly the same job as me, he rang in sick to which im a bit ****** off because i knew he would take ANY excuse to get off doing work, as he's just plain lazy.

    ... now personally i don't see the common cold as a reason to take time off work, so long as you have a packet of tissues it's all dandy - but at the same time i understand that some jobs you have to.

    Do you take the day off or not and if you do, is it because you want to or your job requires you to?
  2. antijoke


    Joined: 28 Jan 2003

    Posts: 38,516

    Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon

    I go to work unless I am physically unable/unwell to leave the house.
  3. reflux


    Joined: 15 Nov 2007

    Posts: 12,835

    Location: Enfield

    This. Whilst having a day off is cool and all, being in a small business, any work that I don't do doesn't get done...so we don't get paid.
  4. Caseh


    Joined: 10 Sep 2007

    Posts: 5,321

    Location: Sheffield

    I'm fine to work with a cold, but I have to let my manager know, as my "job role" would be changed for the period. I'm a domestic, and come into contact with patients, and my ward is for pretty serious patients (Lung and heart transplants, and the like).

    But no, generally, a cold isn't an excuse to have time off work.
  5. ScarySquirrel


    Joined: 13 Jan 2004

    Posts: 23,597

    Location: South East

    I go to work if I just have a cold, unless of course it is one of those colds where you feel completely crap for so much as getting out of bed. In which case it is in mine, and everyone elses best interests for me to stay at home.

    In fact, it could be perceived as selfish if you go to work with a cold, as you're completely ignoring the fact you'll probably give it to someone else :p
  6. ~J~


    Joined: 20 Oct 2003

    Posts: 7,558

    Location: London

    If you are so ill that you can't concentrate and do the job you are paid to do then I just don't understand why people go in!

    Not only are you wasting your own and your employers time, you're probably passing on your germs to other people in your workforce who maybe more, 'pathetic' in nature causing them to have time off work.
  7. _dogma_

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Oct 2005

    Posts: 2,113

    Location: Kirkcaldy.

    I was off last week with the cold, I did have achey joints so it might've been worse, I do work with food all day and coughing and sniffing doesn't look good when your making someone sandwich!!
  8. LeJosh


    Joined: 24 Sep 2008

    Posts: 10,434

    Location: Edinburgh.

    I always goto college ill or not or sleep depraved unless I'm destroyed and can't move. If I can stand I go. :p Probably not the safest way to go about things but I don't miss classes atleast. I'll apply this to work too.
  9. steve-h


    Joined: 21 Nov 2008

    Posts: 4,662

    depends if im needed
  10. Vixen


    Joined: 23 Feb 2004

    Posts: 6,941

    Location: Edinburgh

    I don't think it's fair to your colleagues to go into work if you have a bad cold or other highly contagious virus. I got really ill a few years ago when people in my office dragged themselves in with a terrible cold and they could barely do their jobs while sneezing all over their computers anyway :(.
  11. Anim


    Joined: 27 Jul 2004

    Posts: 2,781

    Location: Berkshire

    Depends on the work environment really, working in an office with 4 other people i'll not go in if its a heavy cold as the others will probably catch it costing the company a lot of money in the long run with everyone having x number of days off.
  12. bledd


    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 46,755

    Location: Parts Unknown

    depends how bad I feel.

    if I'm too rough to leave the house, I won't. I can work from home too, so I have this option if I'm just feeling semi rough
  13. cupidstunt


    Joined: 13 Oct 2008

    Posts: 179

    Location: Worcestershire

    I have a cold at the mo`. Wont go to work incase I pass it on to myself (self employed) then I would need more time off.
    I have snot on my upper lip.:p
  14. knowledge123


    Joined: 4 Nov 2004

    Posts: 4,222

    Location: Seattle area, USA

    A big +1 to this. Luckily, I am very rarely ill :p
  15. secretspy


    Joined: 3 Oct 2005

    Posts: 6,140

    Location: England

    If i'm achy and haven't really slept then I won't go in but if i'm just sniffly i will. Although I can now work from home so that's always an option.
    Depends how bad a cold it is as normally our boss will say don't bother as they dont want it spreading around the office.

    Some of the lads in work will take a sick day because they have a sore throat..now that is taking the mickey!!
  16. TFleming

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 6 Feb 2009

    Posts: 2,127

    Location: Redcar, Cleveland

    I'd call sick if i had a cold :p
  17. Yas786


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 48,454

    Location: All over the world...

    I take days off when im ill and even when im not ill...mainly due to the fact that i cant stand being at work at the moment and things are pretty slow...the beauty of being your own boss i suppose...and i still get paid for the days i take off:D
  18. Deadbeat


    Joined: 26 May 2009

    Posts: 5,417

    It'd be great if I didn't have to, because the little lab run by myself and a few colleagues really needs all the staff it can get, and any sick leave generally can't be covered. Unfortunately, because I work in a sterile environment I can't come in with anything potentially infectious - colds, diarrhoea, anything. Not entirely sure why, since in no way do I come into contact with patients, but it's MHRA and CPA standards so no arguments.
  19. AJK

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 8 Sep 2009

    Posts: 1,722

    Location: UK

    In 23 months of my current job, I've taken exactly one sick day. It was less than two weeks after I started, I had a nasty case of food poisoning which didn't manifest until about 11am, at which point I vomited my way home.

    That said, I know people who'll pull sickies for a hangover, sore throat, dose of the sniffles, you name it. Healthy people get hard done by? :(
  20. [DOD]Asprilla


    Joined: 10 Nov 2003

    Posts: 14,034

    Location: Surrey, by the river

    I'm self employed; anything short of the loss of a limb will not stop me from going to work.

    Saying that, even when I wasn't self employed I didn't take days off for colds and such. Sickies are for pregnant women and the limp wristed.