How to Know When to Stay Home Sick

Common cold in bed

Your sick days are yours to use when you need them. Calling out from work may even save everyone else from catching what you have. Going to work sick means spreading your germs around the office, which is sure to annoy your coworkers. It’s also difficult to be productive at work when you aren’t feeling well. Here are some appropriate reasons to stay home:

You Have an Illness That Might Be Contagious

If you suspect your coworkers could catch your illness, stay home until you are better or know for sure that what you have isn’t contagious. For example, if you are throwing up or have diarrhea, you could have a stomach virus. The sudden onset of symptoms like fever, chills, and body aches, could mean you have the flu. Both a stomach virus and the flu can spread through the workplace rapidly.

You Have a Fever

You will get a fever when fighting an infection. Not only is it a symptom of a contagious illness, but it will make you tired and keep you from being able to work efficiently. Get plenty of rest.

You Have a Rash

In addition to rashes making you extremely uncomfortable, some are also communicable. Until you know the cause, avoid contact with other people. If you find out it isn’t contagious, go back to work.

You Are in Significant Pain

Headaches, injuries, broken bones, and other problems can cause severe or significant pain. After you have taken the proper measures to make sure nothing that can endanger your overall health is causing it, you can go to work if you choose. Realize, however, that that you may not be able to operate at your peak performance and pain medication will compound that problem. Rest is beneficial.

You Have a Common Cold

Whether or not to call in sick because you have a cold depends on its severity. A case of the sniffles isn’t a good reason to take the day off, but a bad cold can cause problems with concentration and can spread to others in your workplace. If you decide that you must to go to work, wash your hands frequently and keep your phone and computer germ-free by wiping them down with alcohol wipes if others share them. If your coworkers keep their distance, don’t be offended. Try to get things accomplished and head home early.