I started my new job 3 weeks ago after redundancy... I began to feel quite unwell yesterday afternoon and have woken up feeling pretty awful with a temp of 38.5°. I’ve emailed my lovely HR woman so see what she advises... on the one hand I don’t want to have to take time off so soon, but at the same time it might be the kind of office where they think people who go in when they’re ill are dickheads.
You shouldn’t have to do this and if it’s something contagious then no one will really thank you for it. BUT...
I always feel it’s better to go in obviously Ill and leave again than not go in at all. Sucks but often true. Then take a couple of days off sick, no one would expect you to go in tomorrow and wednesday would probably be fine and hopefully you’ll be ok by Thursday
I you're ILL, don't go to work. WTAF is wrong with people? No one wants to catch a colleagues illness or work next to a snot monster. Stay home and focus on getting well. It is appropriate to discuss it with HR, employee wellness is part of their job!
It's not really appropriate to email the lovely woman in HR to ask for advice - you've really put her on the spot now and kind of handed the decision over to her to make!
Which was entirely my intention... she knows the office attitude towards sickness far better than I do! If she says come in and see how you feel then I will. If she says hell no stay far away then I’ll do that!
To clarify, the other symptoms are very swollen throat, coughing up green phlegm, ears ringing and splitting headache. I started on the paracetamol and ibuprofen last night and continued when I woke up at 6... no difference so far
We had someone in work like that the other day. Certainly no one expected her in and she could have gone home at any point but no one questioned her decision to be in either. Probably contagious but there is so much illness around at the moment that no one thought about that. If you're up to dosing up on paracetamol and going in I would, if only for a few hours but certainly it isn't wrong to phone in sick. Personally my gauge is, do I feel so ill that if at home would I go to bed and sleep. If not, then I try to go to work.