Working While Sick

Working While Sick Laura W. argues, in a manner reminiscent of a sailor, that people who are sick should stay home rather than contaminating the workplace with their disease. Joy McCann retorts that Laura must never has worked anywhere where she was actually necessary.

Joy’s right that some jobs are so deadline-driven that skipping work is simply not an option. Telecommuting would be a workable solution in many cases but not all of them.

Still, I’m sympathetic to Laura’s point. Indeed, I’m not sure that offices wouldn’t be more productive if they issued the directive that sick employees stay home, since one sick, absent employee is likely better than twenty sick, present ones. Realistically, though, such a policy would be subject to abuse.

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

Comments

  1. Boyd says:

    I recommend to you Rachel Lucas’s latest.

  2. carpeicthus says:

    I sympathize with Joy, since I’ve been a newspaper editor. I’ve pulled all-nighters with a 103-degree fever. I’ve had an ambulance pick me up at the office, stay at the hospital for a few hours, and then have the ambulance *drive me back to the office*.

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