The Costs Of Going To Work When Sick

Presenteeism and its ill-effects

 
The Costs Of Going To Work When Sick
Image Credit: all4women.co.za

Worshipping your work is a great sign of professionalism and you get your brownie points at work too often. As a result of this, all the pressure does not seem a lot of trouble and before you know it, you have turned yourself into this workaholic machine, one that never stops, and waits until it collapses. While it may seem all hunky dory at the beginning of your career, it is not all that great. Working is fine but overworking yourself is not and the negative impacts of it are way too many.

Working to your full capacity is a great idea but working even when you are sick is definitely not a great one and you have to suffer for it in the long run. Presenteeism is what we call it when someone works even when he or she is sick and thus, is unable to give in a 100% to the work. It is not a desirable trait at work and the ill effects of working when you are sick are as follows:

Decreased Productivity

Yes, money matters and we all know about the importance of not missing out on work even for a single day. But when you are working sick that work is less likely to be counted as effective because there will be little productivity in your work. As you are sick, you will not be able to perform like you usually do, and that will result in decreased productivity.

Your Colleagues Suffer Too

It’s not a great practice to go to work with a contagious illness
It’s not a great practice to go to work with a contagious illness

Image Credit: cheatsheet.com

It will not be right if you go to work and your colleagues catch your disease too, especially if it is a contagious one. You cannot just think only of yourself, you have to be involved with the others too while at work. So it is best to stay away from work if you are sick for your own good as well for the welfare of your colleagues and customers.

You Do Not Want To Invite Unnecessary Mistakes

If you are working sick then chances are that you will not be able to concentrate fully on your work. That will result in numerous mistakes, and some of them will be too gruesome to be overlooked. And that, in turn, will attract a lot of unnecessary attention towards you once your superiors find out. Why take the trouble? Take a leave instead.

Making Others Bear The Brunt Of Your Illness

When you are sick, it is quite natural on your part to not be in a good mood. You are cranky and annoyed most of the times because the body is not functioning as it should. So, in such circumstances, you might be rude to your colleagues which might affect your professional relationship with them in the long run.

Do not stress yourself so much. Health gives you the wealth that even your work does not.