It’s the time of year when sounds of coughing and sneezing can be heard throughout the office. No one wants to catch the cold or flu, but what should we do if a co-worker is obviously fighting an illness?
In a perfect world, a work environment should encourage employees to stay home when they’re not feeling well. In reality, we only have a limited number of sick days and have to meet the demands of our jobs in order to keep them.
If you are the ill person’s manager, you may speak with them and ask them to go home. If you are not the manager, then you should not make any comments and focus on protecting yourself. Wash your hands frequently, get plenty of rest, eat nutritiously, and take extra vitamins to increase your immunity. You may even consider working off-site or in another area of the office if possible.