With flexible working and home working becoming more and more common, the illusive sick day is diminishing. Since a lot of us are just working from bed anyway (without anyone knowing that) feeling sick is no longer an excuse to not work. But it 100% should be.
If you’re in bed feeling rough, the likelihood is that you’ve got your laptop on your lap anyway. You’re being trusted to be productive from the comfort of your home so sickness shouldn’t stop you.
However, working with sickness will only prolong it. You need to give your body rest otherwise it’ll be a torturous recovery. You need to fully focus on mending yourself, checking emails every hour doesn’t help anyone.
Lifehacker have done a great piece on giving yourself a sick day and not feeling guilty about it. Here are their top tips!
1. You’re not that important
A lot of the sick day anxiety comes from feeling like the whole team is falling apart without you. You probably have responsibilities that you should take care of but that doesn’t mean being sick and working. Re-arrange meetings and delegate work and then shut your phone off for the day. The office will survive without you.
2. Check in comfortably
If you have to check in with your colleagues, do it as soon as you can and comfortably. Don’t feel the need to dress up and get on Skype, just call in from bed for the sole purpose of putting your mind at ease so you can get good rest.
3. Reassess your job’s expectation of you
Nowhere in your job contract does it say (probably) about how sick days are frowned upon in your company. Humans get sick, it happens. In reality. the ‘slacker guilt’ you feel is actually just pressure you create for yourself. Working when your sick will just result in bad work, something that is definitely frowned upon – especially if you’re taking extra breaks to hug the toilet bowl.
4. You work to live, not live to work
Work is work, regardless of how much you love your job. Your health should come first and foremost. If you feel guilty about missing work, that’s good because it means you care. However, if it stops you from working at full capacity and living your life, you need to take action.