To call in sick, or not to call in sick? That is the flu season question

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 24 2012 10:02 a.m. MDT

During flu season, workers may be tempted to go to work, even at the risk of making co-workers sick.

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With flu season coming, employees may soon be faced with a tough decision whether to stay home and get better while falling behind in their workload or go to the office at the risk of getting co-workers sick, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"People get really, really ticked off at co-workers spreading germs in the workplace. There's nothing worse than being Typhoid Mary," Annie Stevens, a managing partner at ClearRock, a Boston leadership-development and career-transition consultant, told the Wall Street Journal.

Whooping cough, Hantavirus and Norovirus are big concerns this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although sick employees have the option to telecommute, working from home could prevent them from getting the rest they need to get better.

One way to prevent the spread of disease is to stay away from the office at least 24 hours after the fever has gone away.

In the past, employers would often give incentives to cut down on workers faking sick, such as gifts for perfect attendance. Employers have since started eliminating such rewards because they would spread illness among the staff.

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