I Advise You To Put It Off Until Tomorrow

BlutoDear Modern Philosopher,

I am writing to you in the predawn hours because I am hoping that you will pick my letter for today’s advice column.

And because I cannot sleep.

I’m definitely coming down with something.  I can feel it in my throat and my head, I’m sneezing far too often for my liking, and I am consumed by a feeling that I believe doctors refer to as “Blah”.

The thing is, I don’t want to be sick on the weekend.  The weekend is my time.  I don’t get to take a weekend sick day, and then make it up by having a weekend day during the work week.

Not to go off on a total tangent, but I’m really pissed at my coworkers.  Several of them spent the week filling the air around me with their germs.  They were coughing, sneezing, and then gathering in large groups to either talk about their sickness, or to allow their germs to incubate and mutate into a stronger strain.

When I asked them why they came to work when they were sick (basically confronting them about why they brought their germs to me instead of staying home like any considerate person would have done) I always got the same answer: “I’m not going to use my personal time for when I’m sick”.

Is it okay to be frustrated with people who don’t use sick days when they are sick?  Also, is it alright to fight this sickness for the rest of the weekend, or will I be doing any damage to my body by not letting it consume me?

Please help.

Coming Down With Something

so sickDear Coming Down,

I am so sorry to hear that you are under the weather.  Like you, I hate being sick on the weekend.  Those two days are sacred, and should not be spent dealing with sickness.

We also share a disdain for coworkers who refuse to stay home when they are sick.  I bet none of them put on those surgical masks they are supposed to wear to fight the spread of germs.

I’m definitely going off on a tangent about that issue.  Aside from how ridiculous it is to not use a sick day when one is sick, and how much of a “Screw You!” gesture it is to one’s coworkers to bring the germs to the office, it’s also a total scam.

When a person comes to work sick, there is no way she is putting in the solid eight hours of work for which she is being paid.  All the coughing, sneezing, and trips to the bathroom are obviously cutting down on production.

Then you get the whole “I’m really too sick to be on the phone” line, and that makes you wonder why he came to work when his job description requires him to make and answer phone calls.

As you mentioned, there’s also the required trek around the office to tell everyone the “Tales of Woe”.  While your coworker is going from desk to desk talking about what ails her, she is not only not doing the work she was hired to do, but she is also spreading her germs to everyone else in the office in an intimate one on one setting.

Why is this person allowed to come to work and be paid for an eight hour day, when he clearly is not doing the same amount of work as the coworkers he is infecting?


I advise you to put it off until tomorrow.  And by “it” I mean both getting sick and giving any more thought to your coworkers and their selfish behaviors.

Like you said, the weekend is your time.  Relax.  Don’t think about work.  Don’t let the sickness win.

Leave that all for tomorrow when you call out sick, like any considerate person would do, and enjoy a relaxing sick day at home.

Get well soon!


About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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27 Responses to I Advise You To Put It Off Until Tomorrow

  1. How about reading my blog too, I like your blog x Keep blogging and happy New Year

  2. LucyJartz says:

    I agree, call in sick to work on the days you are supposed to be sick. Today would be much better spent sleeping late and then lazing around in bed watching marathons of movies and drinking all the snapple you want. Enjoy your hedonistic pleasures on the weekend.

  3. raphus2014 says:

    I know nothing will really help but I’d like to at least say, “get well soon”. Take care…

  4. Love this! And I totally agree. It’s so frustrating when people reserve their sick days for, well, days when they are not sick. They are not called ‘shopping and lunch date’ days. They are sick days. You are sick. take one.

  5. Some say that the nonchalant passing of germs to another is a selfish, aggressive declaration of war. Some say.

  6. If he lives somewhere that he can find elderberry syrup, he could start taking small amounts regularly through the day — more helpful when the illness is first taking hold, not as helpful later on.

  7. I used to hate when sick people came to work, and sneezing and coughing all over me. The trouble is this is a two-edged sword. You have to prove you’re sick so you can call in the next day to say you’re too sick to come into work. Management has a way of making you feel bad for not showing up and meeting the deadlines. If co-workers have to step up to the plate and share your work while you’re off, they hate you too. Office politics!

  8. I always loved it when somebody said to me “I’ve got the flu” and I’d ask “have you been to work?”
    “Yes” came the reply.
    “Then you don’t have the flu, get over it” I’d say.

    Harsh I know, but I agree with you Austin, if you are sick, they don’t to go to work and spread your germs. Stay at home and watch daytime TV. That always got me feeling better and back to work quickly 🙂

    • Austin says:

      I do believe that’s why it’s called a sick day. Management wants you to get better, and also to not infected the entire work force.

      I think companies should be more proactive in sending home an employee who is clearly ill…

  9. I used to have a boss who would treat you like garbage if you called in. He preferred you came in and spread your germs, to him, to your co-workers and to the public, then went home if and only if it turned out you were truly too ill to work. Now I almost never call in because I have NO sick days and you are only allowed to call in so many times before they fire you. How can I call in today when I might be much worse tomorrow? However, I no longer work in close proximity to others, so they are unlikely to suffer from my germs. And if I do give them my disease, I just say, “Don’t say I never gave ya nuthin’!”

    • Austin says:

      My boss is the most easy going person in the world. She never gives anyone crap for calling out.

      Of course, since she is so nice, she never tells anyone they are infecting others and need to go home…

      • Wash your hands a lot, avoid touching things the sick people touched. Avoid touching your own face. Most of these viruses are surface-born, so that will keep you safe. Actually I have never followed any of these procedures myself. I just get sick. When I have been at my job long enough to have the extra vacation days, I promise to burn some of them being sick, if necessary.

      • Austin says:

        Very wise thinking…

  10. Pamela Edwards says:

    Misery loves company , therefore they share the germs . I am with you , if you are sick & contagious stay at home . So inconsiderate to infect everyone else . 😷

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