While some illnesses or general health conditions may not prevent you from working, there are times where you should not be present in the workplace, either due to being too ill to carry out your duties, or because of the risk of passing the ailment on to others at the facility. Figuring out when it is best to stay home, even if you feel well enough within yourself to attend, can greatly stop the spread of certain contagions, as well as allow your body the chance to fully rest and recover.
Itchy eye area, pink or red discolouration, increased tear production… when you notice these pink eye signs, in one or both eyes, it can be tempting to plod on as normal. Unless you know for certain that your pink eye is caused by allergens in the air, which can often be figured out if certain anti-allergy medications really ease your symptoms, you might be better off staying at home. While it is unlikely that one of your colleagues or clients will touch the infected area, pink eye can be transmitted through both touching infected objects, such as if you have rubbed your eye, then used a pen, and someone else borrows it, as well as through coughing, sneezing, and even sharing cutlery or drinkware. You can get antibiotics and eye drops over the counter that will help to nullify symptoms and speed up the recovery process but, overall, you are probably best off staying away until you are no longer contagious.
As a general rule, having a stomach bug means you need to stay off of work until the symptoms subside, not only due to them being highly contagious, but also because it won’t be a pleasant experience making frequent toilet trips or vomiting in the workplace. Even after these have gone away, the virus itself might still be in your system for a few weeks so, although you will have returned to work, you should still try to keep a safe distance from your colleagues in case of passing it around, or even reinfection.
While a migraine isn’t contagious, the severity of its effects might mean you would be better off taking a sick day. Some people find that they get these quite frequently, which could mean you need to speak to a doctor for additional help. When you have dizziness, blurred vision, severe pain, and even vomiting and nausea associated with your migraine, you will most likely not be in a fit state to work anyway. In addition to this, migraines may also make the drive to and from work, as well as the operation of any machinery, incredibly dangerous due to a lack of lucidity and focus.
Taking a bit of time to consider your health prior to beginning your commute to work can help you to look after both your own wellbeing and that of those who work around you. Taking a few days off may not be ideal, especially if money is tight, but your health is a far more important factor.