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To call in sick with a cold?

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WhoeverYouWantMeToBe Tue 11-Nov-14 19:52:40

Feel pretty shit today. Blocked nose, hoarse and croaky voice, sore throat, chesty barking cough. My job involves a lot of talking on the phone which is putting a lot of strain in my voice making the cough worse. I work with lots of other people around me. Would I be U to ring in sick tomorrow if I feel no better? I always feel awful for calling in sick (which is pretty rare!)

EEVEElution Tue 11-Nov-14 19:53:20

YANBU, but interested to see where this one goes!

TheJiminyConjecture Tue 11-Nov-14 19:54:29

Nope. I wish more people would phone in sick when they're clearly unwell. Hope you feel better soon

Goingintohibernation Tue 11-Nov-14 19:55:36

YANBU. I find with a cold if you try to battle on through they often last longer. A day or two in bed dosing yourself up could improve things a lot quicker. You wouldn't be thanked for coughing all over your colleagues either.

Wishtoremainunknown Tue 11-Nov-14 19:58:28

If I worked with you I'd prefer it if you did. Otherwise you will just pass it one. One person at my old work gave their cold to at least 4 others. So a total of 5 people at half capacity verus just one off sick.

Notmeagain1 Tue 11-Nov-14 20:04:31

See how you feel in the morning. I personally wouldnt call in now for tomorrow as I tend to feel better after a goodnights sleep. If your not feeling better in the morning, then YANBU to call out sick.

Hope you feel better soon.

Goldenlab Tue 11-Nov-14 20:04:48

YANBU. I hate nothing more than sitting in a hot stuffy office, windows closed with air conditioning on and a colleague sneezing their head off. Please ring in sick.

googoodolly Tue 11-Nov-14 20:06:41

You can't ring in sick the day before - get some sleep and dose yourself up on meds and see how you feel in the morning. You often feel better one you're up and about anyway.

avocadotoast Tue 11-Nov-14 20:21:20

Oh god of course you're fine to call in sick. I've taken time off for colds before and I feel guilty as hell every time but my job involves talking on the phone for long periods of time, and there's no way I can do it at the height of a cold. When your head's stuffed up and you're all sniffly there's nothing worse than being on the phone all day.

Get your feet up, watch some crap telly and feel better soon smile

WhoeverYouWantMeToBe Tue 11-Nov-14 20:34:43

Will definitely see how I feel in the morning, can't call in til then anyway. Have dragged myself in for two days and don't think it's done me any good!

Comito Tue 11-Nov-14 20:47:19

YANBU. I never go to work with a cold - it just infects everyone else and you're not productive. If I feel OK but just coughy and sneezy I work from home. I wish more people would stay at home and not bring their germs in.

Doobigetta Tue 11-Nov-14 21:12:39

I don't get the whole "just a cold" thing. You might know what it is and know perfectly well that you'll be fine in a few days, but still feel bloody awful. I've never come close to feeling as ill with anything else as I have with a bad cold. Stay at home and concentrate on resting, not feeling guilty.

Perfectlypurple Tue 11-Nov-14 21:17:53

My doctor told me that there are always bugs around and it isn't that easy to just pass stuff on - the doctors would be sick all the time if that was the case. You just get things like colds because there is always something in the air anyway.

I have a bit of a cough and can feel a cold coming but not bad enough to be off work. I am more tired than normal as I wake myself up coughing and always feel worse when tired.

That said, only you can know if you are bad enough to stay off work.

Janethegirl Tue 11-Nov-14 21:37:20

Night nurse or day nurse is your friend ( obviously depending on time of day grin). We all use it at work cos there is no option. If you don't go it, your colleagues are fucked!!

sooperdooper Tue 11-Nov-14 21:43:26

I would much prefer it if a colleague called in sick rather than spreading their germs around everyone smile

Hope you feel better soon, but if you're still feeling full of a cold in the morning then call in sick

Janethegirl Tue 11-Nov-14 22:20:04

Chances are you're infectious before you have symptoms so it's too late. Just man up and go to work, you may as well feel crap at work than feel crap at home!!

Pandora452 Tue 11-Nov-14 22:51:16

I work somewhere where you are expected in unless you are knocking on death's door and it is such a shit policy. All it does is pass the bugs around. Last year we had FOUR months of various % of staff off sick and the rest of us on a skeleton crew struggling to cope whereas if the person with the initial bug had a few days/week in bed I am sure we could have avoided it.

NatashaRomanov Tue 11-Nov-14 23:13:26

YANBU
If more people called in sick, less people would NEED to call in sick.

Chottie Wed 12-Nov-14 01:31:17

Please, please stay at home if you are sick. I hate sharing an office with someone who is coughing, sneezing, throwing snotty tissues in the bin all day. As soon as they leave the office, I spend a lot of time wiping down the kettle, fridge door and handle, office door handle with antiseptic wipes

Whippet81 Wed 12-Nov-14 02:24:02

I can put up with quite a lot and cope with my disability on a daily basis but nothing makes me feel as miserable as a cold - thankfully I don't get them very often but I hate the runny sore nose and headache and sneezing. It's horrid and also very unpleasant for the surrounding people.

If you don't feel like you can do your job properly stay in bed.

WhereHas1999DissappearedToo Wed 12-Nov-14 04:46:00

YANBU. A few years ago I had a really bad cold but I still went into work as I had a lot on/didn't want to let them down and they sent me home sick I was that bad blush From now on when I have a bad cold (i.e more than a sniffle/slight cough) I stay home and get better.

Butterflywings168 Wed 12-Nov-14 05:05:42

I agree with most people. Don't go in, not only for your sake but for your colleagues'.
I used to work somewhere like those awful cold/ flu med ads (Lemsip?) that basically said MAN UP AND GET ON WITH IT unless you are at death's door.
I work with someone who is immunocompromised. You never know who might be. A cold might be feeling unpleasant for a few days for me, it could be very serious for her.

HicDraconis Wed 12-Nov-14 07:45:53

the doctors would be sick all the time if that was the case

We are. Mostly I see well people (from the cough / cold point of view, unless surgery is emergency and life saving I cancel peoplr with colds) so my chance of catching things is minimal.

One of my colleagues came in with a cold - he didn't want to ring in sick and have to cancel the list. The next week 7 of us were off with it, resulting in a lot more cancellations than if he'd just stayed at home and got better.

OP, stay home if you're still sick!

meglet Wed 12-Nov-14 07:52:09

Yanbu. It gives me the rage having to listen to ill colleagues spluttering through work. I'd be happier taking on some of their work while they stayed at home.

whois Wed 12-Nov-14 07:58:06

Obviously you wouldn't be U.

If you feel too ill to work then call I'm sick, and don't soread IT around your colleagues.

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