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Readers Respond: How Do You Deal With Sick Coworkers?

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Updated September 09, 2010

What do you do when you are surrounded by sick coworkers? The last thing you want to do at work is get sick, so how do you deal with coworkers when they come in sick? Share your thoughts and strategies for dealing with the germs around the office and the people who bring them in.

Hmm a difficult subject

I recently asked my co-worker to go home as she had come to work with a running cold; she said that she had already had her 'allowance' of days off and that she couldn't risk another week. It is now 2 weeks later, I now have the same cold and tomorrow is Christmas Eve. I just think that one employee who needs 5 days off is far better than the many subsequent employees who subsequently get sick! I wish employers could see this!
—Guest dunter

Ummmm no

I think you should just fire them. You never know if some workers have some Desise when they can get really sick. I don't but I know alot of ppl whom can be put in the hospital. Unfortuneatly they work with me.
—Guest Jazmin

Go home.

I was just dx'd with post-flu pneumonia. Interesting the pushback you get from coworkers regardless of which path you choose: go home and get better vs. hang tough and stay at work. I have never been more sick, and I am staying at home for 5 days. My thought is that, in the long run, 5 days now may be fewer sick days than trying to fight a losing battle against lingering illness. Also, I think it is reasonable to hope that coworkers would rather spread out the extra workload than risk exposure to potentially significant illness. Seems absurd that coworkers and supervisors/employers would begrudge someone time off for serious illness, but some do.
—Guest jjddg

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