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On presenteeism

posted 18 Mar 2014, 00:45 by Sandra Kirby   [ updated 18 Mar 2014, 00:46 ]
I have a cold.  Nothing serious - just snotty nose, cough and general misery that goes with it.  Not too much of a surprise as about 5 people in the office have had much the same cold over the last month.  You know the pattern.  One person with cold, snorting, sneezing and coughing for a few days; as they get better another starts and so on.  
Felt pretty crap over the weekend but by yesterday morning I was ok so went to work.  Boy did I get a roasting.
I have spoken and written about presenteeism - the people who come to work when they are sick; spread germs; don't work very effectively Costs to business according to NZ Treasury could be as high as $8billion annually.  
So I was at work, working away quietly in my office with frequent use of tissues and the occasional cough (some occasions were more frequent than others) By 10am I had about 5 people in my office pointing out my hypocrisy - apparently I was not practising what I preach.  So I went home ( well when the 3rd bus actually stopped for me) and have stayed home today.

My conclusion I much prefer preaching to practising 

On a similar note I have always maintained that when I was sending my (almost) daily emails to family it didn't matter that I didn't get a response.  However for some reason the blog has a different feel and I have found it hard to keep blogging with most regular responses coming from Tony.  I will get back to practising not preaching on this too.
A changed woman indeed
Unless I have missed my call to preach .. . . 
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