Open Thread: Working while you’re sick

working while you're sick - how to power through2017 Update: Links have been updated below for this discussion on working while you’re sick; you may also want to check out our latest discussion on 6 Things to Have on Hand When You’re Sick at Work.

When I saw the headline about this — a firmwide memo smacking down an employee who dared to come to work with flu-like symptoms — I was a bit amused. (When I read the memo, I was a bit disgusted — whoever had flu-like symptoms knew he or she would be working in a closed conference room with several others, including a pregnant woman — and I have to agree that it was just as “self-absorbed” as the managing partner said it was.)  But it seems to raise an interesting question:  when you’re forced to work while you’re sick, how do you power twhrough? (Pictured: This exact item is sold out now, but there are tons of great tissue cozies at Etsy.)

Fun story:  for this post I actually spent a bit of time trying to find authoritative information for you guys on when a cold is contagious — I seem to remember it having something to do with the color of your snot (clear = allergies or cold, yellow or green = contagious) and your temperature (over 100 is bad).  I couldn’t actually find any quick and easy source, but really these days, we’re all just going to come down on the same side, aren’t we?  If you’re sick, work from home.

In any event — even if you’re home in your pajamas, you may not have the luxury of lounging about in bed and watching “Real Housewives” reruns.  You may actually have to work.  If you do, here are some tips for working when you’re sick…

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