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When Is It Time To Work From Home | PrimeCARE

The decision to stay home from work due to an illness is sometimes a tricky one. For some, they know they are obviously sick and need to take a day to heal. Others might see it as something they can power through and save their sick days for a dreamy vacation.
 
As a walk-in clinic, we offer convenient health care, starting from the moment you know you’re coming down with something. At PrimeCARE we know the importance of workplace wellness. If your employees are healthy and well cared for, they will be happier and perform more efficiently.
 
It depends on your field, career, position, superiors, and more. Here are a few general guidelines to help you decide if you should work from home, take a sick day, or go to work.

Stress doesn’t help you heal.

Sometimes you are very obviously sick. Sometimes you just feel crummy. Stress has a way at wearing down our physical health one way or another. If you know you need to heal, take measures to decrease the stress you experience in a day. That might mean staying home, or rearranging your schedule. By powering through an illness to get work done you risk prolonging your illness.
 
If you are suffering from an illness that is more than just a crummy feeling, you might consider working from home. We don’t recommend working from home while you are fighting a serious illness. Working from home is still working. Your body needs the opposite of work, you need rest.

You might be contagious.

That crummy feeling you had waking up this morning might be the start of a contagious illness.  Office environments are one of the easiest places to spread germs. There is usually little air circulation. Employees work in close proximity to one another. Surfaces like copy machines, phones, elevator buttons, and more get used by lots of employees, often not getting the chance to be cleaned between uses.
 
By staying home and resting you are showing your coworkers that you value their health and productivity.

You won’t be efficient.

It is difficult to function while you are fighting an illness. Your body is using all resources to heal and rest. The medications you take will likely slow you down. Whether you decide it is safe to brave the office or that it would be better to work from home, take your efficiency into account.
 
Does your job require attention to detail? You are more likely to make costly mistakes when you are fighting an illness.