Going to Work Sick Is NOT A Badge Of Honor
Ask yourself this: If you were fired tomorrow, would you regret not taking more days off? For so many people, the answer is a resounding yes! So why are we all too willing to wake up in the morning sick and still go to work? The answer is fear.
When I was a recent college graduate, I would force myself to go to work every single day, even when I was sick. Management would always pretend to be grateful and give me a pat on the back. And I used to pride myself in never missing work. But then one day I tried to call out (keep in mind I was actually sick), and the Manager threatened to fire me if I didn’t show up. When I got to work he informed me how irresponsible it was to not show up to work.
In that moment, all of the overtime and extra work I put in for nearly a year meant nothing. I never missed a day and I was almost fired because I wanted to stay home and recover. That was the moment I no longer had loyalty to my employer. I left one month later.
Why do we all pretend that showing up for work sick is a badge of honor? It’s not. Nobody wants to be around you when you’re sick because they don’t want to get sick either. I could be wrong, but have you ever wanted to be near someone that was sick? Of course not! And let’s be honest, if someone is sick, how much actual work are they getting done anyway?
If you aren’t your own boss, find an environment where you can take care of yourself. Find an environment that both challenges you and gives you the capability to take care of yourself. Don’t sacrifice your well-being or your health for a company that doesn’t value you. And if you need to take a day off, take it.
So let me ask you one more time: If you were fired tomorrow, would you regret not taking more days off?