You’re sick, never mind the details…

Rod of Alsclepius, from Wikipedia

Rod of Alsclepius, from Wikipedia

As a manager, I occasionally hear variations on the “I’m sick and not coming in today” statement from my employees. Sometimes it’s a simple cold, other times it’s not.

Sometimes it comes with much too much information.

I’m not sure if it’s a need to prove that they’re really sick, that they’re not slacking off at home binge-watching Sherlock, or if it’s some form of exhibitionism.

I used to tell my employees I didn’t want to know. But they told me anyway. So now I skip that and just nod, express whatever awkward sentiment seems appropriate and let them know I wish them the speediest recovery.

Once in a rare while, it becomes important that I’m told. Those chronic things that start impacting performance. That’s when it’s very important because I can then refer my employee to HR for employee assistance programs or short-term disability or just increased flexibility.

So, tell me if you must, text me if you want or email me if you’d rather, but I’m not really paying attention[1. I used to think that a blog post on all the diseases, illnesses and excuses would be interesting. But I can never remember them all, just that there have been some really gross, really interesting and really amazing ones wrapped in with all the cold/flu commonalities.
So rest (hopefully in bed) assured that I’m paying only the least amount of attention and not taking notes for my memoirs.] other than the fact that you are, like I am, human and suffer from the same illnesses, diseases, allergies, conditions and situations that everyone else does.

Get well soon.

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