実践ビジネス英語 2019/2/6-8





実践ビジネス英語 2019/2/6-8
Too Sick to Go to Work(1-3)

Too Sick to Go to Work (1)
This year’s flu strain is so bad. The office was half- empty on Monday.

Actually, Shota, I’d bet that half of the people who phoned in sick were faking it. It was Super Sick Monday.

What are you talking about. Chuck?

It was the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday, aka party time. The number varies somewhat from year to year, but about 15 million Americans probably came up with excuses to not show up for work on Monday. A lot of people stay up late with the post-game shows and parties, you see, and 150075 Ao many of them end up giving work a miss the following day.

I’ve seen a survey that found that a quarter of Americans think the day after the Super Bowl should be a public holiday.

I’m all for it. Even if employees do come into work productivity is way down the Monday after the big game.

This reminds me of something I’ve been meaning to ask for some time: What’s the proper procedure to follow when you’re too sick to go to work? Do we have to call? Can a spouse or partner do it on our behalf? Or is it all right to just send an email?
There are different schools of thought about how to report that you’re too sick to work.

Too Sick to Go to Work (2)
I’d recommend talking to your supervisor in advance to determine whether a phone call is necessary or just an email is enough.

Some managers prefer what they see as the efficiency of email. Others are more traditional and want the personal touch of a phone call. And then there are those who are OK with an email, but expect employees who are feeling under the weather to follow up with a phone call.

The advantage of phoning in sick is that you and your boss can talk about how long you expect to be away, and what work needs to be done in your absence.

And I guess they could also get a sense of whether you’re faking it. Not that any of us would ever do that.

Heaven forfend. In my humble opinion, email is just fine. Most employers are in the habit of checking their email before they leave for work in the morning. If they know someone isn’t going to be coming in, they can get a head start on adjusting people’s schedules accordingly.

So what do American managers consider valid reasons for missing work?

-Too Sick to Go to Work (3)

If you’re not suffering from anything more than the sniffles, I think you should report for work. But if you’ve got a stuffed nose, a cough, chest congestion or are throwing up, it’s best to call in sick. And never ever go to work if you’ve got a fever.

Yeah, if there’s one thing I hate, it’s a diehard workaholic who insists on reporting for work no matter what. They seem to wear their illness as a badge of honor. But they’re putting everyone else’s health at risk. I mean, these days it isn’t so hard to work from home, is it?

Very true. Studies have found that what’s known as “presenteeism” ultimately costs employers money. It reduces productivity, adds to the risk of workers being injured on the job, and increases healthcare costs.

Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is presenteeism?

It’s the opposite of absenteeism. As I’m sure you know absenteeism refers to workers regularly staying away from work for no good reason. Presenteeism is when employees come to work when they have ample reason not to.

OK, here’s another question for you. How much information about your physical condition do you need to share with your employer when you’re feeling out of sorts?
Tough question.




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