Though sharing is a vital aspect of our social interactions, especially at work, one thing that’s always preferable to keep to oneself is germs. Let’s face it, for so many reasons, you’re better off staying at home.

Picture this: the germs have taken over. You’re weak and tired and at work. You spend more time blowing your nose, making tea, and staying at a distance from your colleagues than actually being productive.

What you really need is this: a day spent in bed: laptop, tea, warm food and sleep. Your body is resting, and your mind is at ease. And if you’re lucky, someone is there for some extra care and love.

Sick Woman. Flu. Woman Caught Cold. Sneezing into Tissue

Benefits Of Taking Sick Leave

The best prescription when you are feeling ill is staying at home. Though quite subtle on the outside, on a cellular level, the body is at war. White blood cells, antibodies and other mechanisms that make up the immune system are working to fight off the foreign invader. This takes up a lot of energy, and rest is a must.

The ability to work effectively is jeopardised as weariness comes into play. Needless to mention the feelings of guilt – you don’t want to be there, and no one at the office wants to be around you.

Here are some signs that you’re too sick for the office:

Your co-workers give you the evil eye and stay at a distance.
You’re drowning in an ocean of tissues, leading a one-man sneezing opera.
You’re contaminating the office equipment, and therefore stalked by the proverbial sanitation police.
No-one is happy to see you (It is what it is!)

Benefits Of Prevention Over Cure

Why do people go to work when sick? Some do it because of deadlines and to avoid an overload of work when they’re back. Others do it because their bosses expect them to show up no matter what – in many cases, they hope to prove something to themselves or the boss, or even perhaps their fellow co-workers.

However, it’s important to consider other people’s health rather than their opinion of your work ethic when you’re sick. The sick co-worker may often be seen as a hard and dedicated worker; however, on a less positive note, some workers take their sick colleague as selfish and careless about their well-being, while others may think that their colleague doesn’t trust them to do the job while they’re out.

So we’ve established that staying home is the best course of action when you’re sick – but wouldn’t it be better not to get sick in the first place? Take it from Benjamin Franklin, who said: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s always better to avoid a problem than to get in it and work your way back out of it, and the same goes for health – it’s far better to prevent disease rather than to try to find cures for diseases after they occur. Take a few seconds to count how many diseases are out there. This sheds the lights on the importance of health and how difficult it can be to stay healthy and vital in such a world.

Having to deal with illness during work entails covering the mouth, washing hands constantly, disinfecting common areas, and preferably staying away from everything and everyone! Luckily, there’s a solution to everything – that starts with small steps.

Prevention starts with being mindful of our health and lifestyle

That means eating healthy, exercising regularly, taking in the essential vitamins like Vitamin C for better vitality, loading up on superfoods, avoiding tobacco, and receiving different preventive services. But treatment without prevention is indeed unsustainable. Improving healthy habits will turn our lives around for the positive, and only rolling upwards from there, on the physical, mental, social, and spiritual levels.

Prevention on a larger scale
When we invest in prevention, the benefits are widely shared. Children are raised in communities and families look after their healthy development, and as for adults, productivity and good health come both in and out of the workplace. The ripple also benefits businesses in a way that a healthier staff diminishes the costs of long-term health care and increases stability and productivity.

This healthy ripple widens still as it offers communities a healthy, fruitful, and stable workflow, which aids in overall community well-being, and prosperous businesses.

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