Sick as in not well, feeling ill, under the weather.
Because if you’re well, or only slightly poorly, you’ve no business wasting NHS time.
This is winter, see? When the NHS is really over-stretched.
Cold weather, lots of breathing problems, the seasonal bash of norovirus – and boozed-up party-goers with injuries from fights, accidents or liver-crashes.
All on top of the usual load of people needing operations, treatment for disease, controlled recuperation, or long-term care.
If none of these are you , then stay the hell out. Trivial problems just kick the whole system into overload.
Unless of course, you’re one of those workaholics in denial. Taking a big chance, but trying not to think about it.
You know you’re sick, but you’re swamped at work. Or maybe you fear for your job if you take time off.
Wellness doesn’t help
Yeah, yeah, so your company has a wellness programme. You go to the gym, follow their salady diets, fake the medicals or duck them.
But you’re at your desk six days a week at 7 am, work through regularly until 10 pm, always burning the candle at both ends.
Always with a sniffle too, because your resistance is low. Tired out of your mind, with no resilience. Tummy complaining, but you drag yourself around. How long before you give yourself a heat attack?
You need a doctor and you know it. And you’re probably dragging your colleagues down with you – a misplaced work ethic that costs UK businesses £29 BILLION a year.
You see, just by being ill you put others at hazard.
Your company might have wellness procedures and care about health.
Colleagues at risk
But betcha a million quid they’ve got nothing to get rid of harmful germs spreading around in the workplace. A quick vacuum and a wipedown and that’s your lot. All those viruses and bacteria just waiting to bring somebody down.
And the rate you’re going, you could trigger an epidemic.
Which means you need the NHS as a matter of urgency. And your employer needs to hike up hygiene levels before half the staff join you.
Like HEPA filters in the air conditioning to take out the germs. Or a nightly mist-up with hydrogen peroxide to make the whole place sterile. Or both, for 24 hour protection. More effective than exercises in leotards, tracking your weight, and making you eat grapes.
So that if you insist on going to work, at least those around you stand a fighting chance.
Bet on yourself
Go on, get yourself to the doctor. You’re genuine, not pulling a sickie. And the whole NHS exists exactly for people like you. You’ve proved your worth, now invest in yourself.
And if your boss still can’t come to terms with that, you’re working in the wrong place anyway.
Do it NOW, before something happens and you can’t.
Originally posted 2014-12-18 14:31:57.