Tis the holiday season again, let’s all cheer! Time for family and friends and running ourselves ragged to get everything done. It should be all fun and games, until we run into the dreaded…..unintended co-worker or close friend gift….THE WORST COLD OR FLU OF YOUR LIFE! So instead of decking the halls, you are visiting the golden throne or going through boxes of tissues.
Here is the problem, as I see it. Most people have jobs where attendance is very important. In fact, if they don’t show up to work, they need an official death certificate to show they were REALLY SICK. So they crawl to work instead of back under their covers, and infect the whole office. They don’t WANT to do this. They are FORCED to do this. I have had bosses tell me “If you aren’t here you are no good to me”. Or co-workers who give you the evil eye when you come back because they had to do your work while you were out.
But come to work sick, and pretty soon the whole office is one swarming mass of germs that gets passed around and around and you get multiple reoccurrences of the same problem. So you are sick for a whole season, and as a result, productivity and morale is at its worst.
This is a real problem. Corporate will give you the lip service that everyone should stay home when they are sick. However the reality is quite different. You get a big black mark against you, and come review time nobody remembers how deathly ill you are. Therefore, it is just a never-ending circle of sniffling, sneezing, aching, coughing, stuffy-head, fever masses of miserable people.
So my gift to you this holiday season is to tell you that it is RIGHT and JUST to stay home and take care of yourself. YOU should come first. I am on the downside of my career, and I wish I had done so many things different, primarily not letting the upper echelon run my life. YOU ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. In this day and age of high tech, maybe you could work from home if you are sick, and still be productive for your team.
This holds true for bad weather days too. If it is a horrible snowstorm and you are fearful for your life, I think you should be able to work from home. And I know parents with children face more issues when schools close down. If they don’t have a back-up, they have to stay home.
So this holiday season, be good to yourself. Give yourself the present of a stress-free environment, both at home and at work. Be a good employee, and a happy parent or family member.
I am SO LUCKY that I have found myself the perfect part-time job. I wish I had found it years ago, I would have saved myself a lot of pain and suffering. My current boss only wants what is best for his employees. My co-workers are awesome people and great friends. We treat each other with love and respect. It is a such a great environment, and we all care deeply about each other. The office runs like a well-oiled machine, and everybody helps out.
My Christmas wish is that everybody could experience this. We deserve it.
So Merry Christmas, Happy Everything, have a SAFE and HEALTHY holiday season!