How To Avoid Falling Sick At Work

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Everyone's coming down with something at work and you can't afford to take a sick day. That, or you just don't want to catch it yourself. While there's not much you can do once you fall ill, there are steps you can take to minimise the risk and, hopefully, dodge the bug altogether.

As Alyse Kalish recommends over at The Muse, you'll want to make sure you have hand sanitiser easily available, especially when it's inconvenient to rush to the bathroom to wash your hands after every interaction.

If you're not in a position to take a few days off to avoid the plague, you can always encourage patient zero to take sick leave. Failing that, suggest they work from home if it's a practical option. Try to be diplomatic if you're going to give this a try — the last thing you want to do is alienate the person.

Finally, if you have an office with some free space, you can relocate temporarily. Given the circumstances, your manager might be more accommodating of such a request.

And, if you do get sick — best to follow your own advice.

How to Save Yourself When Everyone Else in Your Office Is Getting Sick [The Muse]


    It seems to always be the way - management or staff would come to work with near on fevers, phlegm, coughing and sneezing. They thought they were essential to the company (generally they weren't.) When asked to go home they resisted, thinking their sick leave was more like holiday leave and weren't prepared to use it. Yet they were the ones to bitch when other staff took time off to get better when they got sick.

    Wash your hands religiously. Especially before handing food.

    People are filthy f##ers and have terrible habits. You need to protect yourself from them.

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