Flu Manners

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 10:27am

When you are sick, you should follow the cold and flu etiquette for the workplace.

We've all known someone like the office martyr, the employee who can't take a sick day for fear the company just might fold without his presence!

"If you're not feeling well, I'd much rather you go home than tell me all about it while you cough in my general direction," said Anna Post, etiquette expert.

That frank work-place advice is from the great-great-granddaughter of the original queen of etiquette, Emily Post.

And she's right because you can infect someone with a virus from up to 6 feet away through coughs and sneezes.

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases previously released a public service announcement to spread the word about not spreading diseases.

But calling in sick is easier said than done.

A recent survey from the Intel Computer Technology Company found 84 percent of HR managers expect their employees to be available 24/7.

In this case, technology could be just what the doctor ordered.

"Stay home, video in for a conference if your nose isn't too runny and be in touch via email and phone calls,” said Post. “Your office will thank you."

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