Hi, I am Nataly and I am the co-founder of Work It, Mom!
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We’re full swing into sniffles/cold/stomach flu season and if you have a kiddo, you know how it goes: They get “it” in germ land… I mean, school or daycare, and then the “thing” makes its rounds through your family. Not the most fun thing for a family to share, but that’s just how it goes.
We’ve had a few of these rounds already, mostly with minor colds. Each time when our daughter got sick I put myself and my husband on a regime of tons of vitamin C, zinc, and other unpleasantly-tasting herbal remedies recommended by friends and Whole Foods employees. A few times I think we did this early enough that both of us coasted through the colds much quicker and with much less negative impact than we anticipated.
But my vitamin-blast strategy doesn’t always work and that’s when I end up with a choice I have a hard time making: Suck it up and go to work or stay home. I’m sure you’ve had this debate and I’m aware of arguments on both sides. Going to work means that my cold will last longer, I’ll be less productive during the time I’m there, and I risk making my colleagues sick, however careful I try to be. Not going to work means taking one of the precious sick days that I may need to use to stay home with a very sick kiddo at some point, getting really behind on work, and spending the day being anxious about all the to-dos which are not getting done.
Of course there are degrees: When I feel really sick, I’m home and it’s not really a choice. But what I’m talking about is the gray area, the times when you feel like crap or have a cold that’s been persisting or are just feeling like you would really rather hide under the covers and sleep all day. When you’re not feeling well but are well enough to function.
One of the things I love about my gig is that I have the flexibility to work from home when I need to. I realize I’m lucky to have this and on days when I’ve felt like not going into the office is better for me and my colleagues I’ve used this option. But if it’s not available, I’m curious: Do you hesitate to take sick days?
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