Views on cold and flu in the workplace

Views on cold and flu in the workplace

Something is bothering you and you don’t know what until it happens for the sixty-fifth time and you realise it’s the incessant snivelling and sneezing four desks away. Suddenly every sneeze, sniffle and cough gets noticed and added to your list of things that irritate you that day. You grumble under your breath about how inconsiderate some people can be coming to the office sick, I mean you just don’t have time for a cold or flu this month!

What to do if workers have a cold or flu is quite a contentious issue. In a recent Facebook survey conducted by researchers, Ovatoyou, it was quite clear that the majority of people feel that sick co-workers should go home. Out of 226 respondents with 78% of these being female, a whopping 71% believed that if someone comes to work sick they should be sent home. The comments ranged from “why expose everyone?” to “how are you supposed to work when you are sick?” and “sick people should stay in bed”.  6% of the respondents decided that if there was someone sick at work they would avoid them at all costs and 12% would sanitise their hands regularly.

And then there are the stalwarts who think if someone is well enough to come to work their chances of going home should be minimal. One person even commented that if a sick person leaves the entire team has to take up the work load and this would then be seen as unfair to the rest of the workers and had the view that “it’s just the flu people, not a brain haemorrhage!”

So while not all people are sympathetic, the majority are and it seems that being at home is the better place to be than at work. To make sure that you have a better line of defence against colds and flu use Airmune during times when your immune system may be challenged. With 17 active ingredients, Airmune may even help you forget what it feels like to be sick.


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