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The importance of staying home from work when sick

22 July 2011 - 5:07pm

Many Australians are fiercely loyal to their jobs to the point where they still come to work when they're feeling under the weather.

Whilst the dedication is admirable, you could potentially be doing your work a huge disservice.

With the cold and flu season in full swing, germs can easily spread throughout your workplace, whether it's an office or cafe.

Employees are too often focused on the effect that they alone will have on workplace productivity should they stay at home.

But where companies really suffer is when the entire office endures through sickness together.

In the interest of corporate health, employees should avoid this by using their sick leave and undertaking proper measures to ensure a complete recovery.

It may also be possible for you to work from home to limit the risk of passing on a bug to your co-workers.

The key is to not feel guilty about taking a legitimate sick day.

The same sentiment applies for parents looking after sick children instead of sending them to childcare where they will infect other children.

Queensland childcare providers have asked parents to do their part to help prevent the spread of cold and flu by looking after their children at home.