Cold and Flu Etiquette at the Office
We've all got them, that person who coughs and sneezes and still comes to work. And it's putting you at risk of getting sick.
Here's more on cold and flu etiquette:
We've all known someone like this -- the office martyr -- the employee who can't take a sick day for fear the company just might fold without his presence.
"If you're not feeling well, I'd much rather you go home than tell me all about it while you cough in my general direction," says Anna Post, the great-great-granddaughter of the original queen of etiquette, Emily Post.
And she's right -- you can infect someone with a virus from up to 6 feet away through coughs and sneezes. The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases previously released a public service announcement to spread the word about not spreading diseases.
But calling in sick is easier said than done. A recent survey from the Intel computer technology company found 84-percent of HR managers expect their employees to be available 24-7.
In this case, technology could be just what the doctor ordered.
"Stay home, video in for a conference - if your nose isn't too runny - and be in touch via email and phone calls. Your office will thank you," says Post.
The only one with a red nose who really needs to show up for work this week? Rudolph.