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Flu in the workplace, how do you deal with this?

Every year it hits again and a new flu wave develops. Last year there was even a real flu epidemic and this year we can no longer ignore it. What should you do if you are sick? And what can you do if you are not sick, but your colleagues are?


Got sick from the flu?

Are you sick yourself? Then follow the usual procedure to report sick. How you can report sick is often recorded in an absenteeism protocol. You do not have to tell your employer what your complaints are. Do you want to know which questions your employer can ask when you report sick? Click here. Your employer can call you to go to the company doctor, this is also possible in case of (probably) short absence. You as an employee may be expected to do nothing to make the complaints worse and that you commit to recovering as quickly as possible. Are you being nursed at a different address? Make sure that this address is known to the employer because a company doctor can also come for a home visit.

Who does the work of sick colleagues?

If you are the one who gets away with it, the workload may increase due to the absence of sick colleagues. Substitution options are becoming scarcer and it can become difficult to complete the timetable. Check to what extent you can help out to (temporarily) take care of tasks, but at the same time make sure that you do not become overburdened yourself. Do you experience problems because fewer colleagues are present? Discuss this with your manager and think along about a solution.

Flu shot

Some people receive a call from their doctor to get a flu shot. This applies to people who belong to a risk group. Your employer may offer you the opportunity to get the flu shot. This is common in healthcare. You can take the opportunity to get a flu shot if offered, but it is not required.


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