You have a horrible cold and you realize you are infectious. However, there is a culture in your workplace of still attending work when you are ill. You realize that if you phone in sick, your manager will then have to spend time ringing other staff  and may not be able to find someone else who can cover your shift. You realize that the other staff will be under a lot of pressure to keep up with the work. They always turn up for work even when they are ill.



What is THE CARAMEL CRUNCH? Well, it’s all about decisions. When it comes to THE CRUNCH what would you do?

One of the definitions of the word CRUNCH is:

a crucial point or situation

 – generally involving a decision with weighty consequences

  • Your response can be a quickie. Please feel free to send a comment to say what you would do, and if you have time or are inclined, please feel free to explain your decision.
  • If you would like to create a post with a longer explanation of your decision, please pingback to THE CARAMEL CRUNCH post. (Or copy and paste a link to your post in the comments section – please feel free.)

If you know anything about CRUSHED CARAMEL, you will probably realize I am a gentle soul, so my questions are not supposed to be terrifying! What I am hoping for really is to see a variety of responses. Afterall, it’s pretty obvious that WordPress bloggers are from a huge variety of backgrounds and cultures. It would be fascinating to learn more about how we as individuals make decisions.

Some of the questions I am going to ask are questions I have discussed with friends when we have been having coffee or dinner. I often find there is no clear right or wrong. It can be so much a matter of our individual experiences and outlook. I find it fascinating how very different some of us are when it comes to decision making.

We all have different outlooks, and may make different decisions. I am really looking forward to learning WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

One Way Street, Decisions, Opportunity



21 thoughts on “THE CARAMEL CRUNCH #8”

  1. I used to be quite happy to go out of my way to avoid making things difficult for my colleagues. But after some really negative workplaces experiences, I’ve come to the conclusion that colleagues don’t give a crap about me, so I’m just going to look out for myself.

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    1. It’s interesting that during the past week, I have know of a few of my friends and colleagues who have recently returned from North Italy have been asked to stay at home and not go into work. That hardly ever happens! I have been at work with the yuckiest of chest infections, and nobody battered an eyelid. They just kept on saying they could not afford for me to take time off.

      It was completely different as a full time volunteer. We were asked to stay home and rest and our housekeeper would bring us anything we needed – honey and lemons, bread, even a cooked meal if we asked for one. They really looked after us when we were ill.

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  2. “Don’t spread germs.” An investment in yourself to heal at home will save your co-workers from getting ill, at least from you. If management genuinely valued its employees, it would insist that sick workers go home if they show up ill. Labor rights need to include paid sick time.

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    1. I honestly feel that people should not be pushed to their limit. When staff feel pressure to come into work even though they are obviously infectious and germy, something is wrong.

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      1. Amen! I used to hate it at work when I heard sick people hacking and worse. In my old job paper passed through many hands and lots of machines shared by the whole office. What was most aggravating was we were able to accrue sick time and most of the sickies had sick hours accrued to use, but they chose to come in sick anyway. It sounds like a different situation where you are, where the management is pressuring sick people to work. That’s how epidemics happen!


  3. Well, for the sack of your health, recovery, and co-workers, you should stay home. It wouldn’t matter how much stress they are under to recover – YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND RECOVER!!! Especially when it’s infectious – 10 to 1 you’d give it to all the co-workers and then they’d get sick and then no-one could work and that would be bad for business. I know they might not view it that way and come even when they are ill, but that shows that they don’t quite understand the importance of health and hygiene and if you need to stay home, then stay home.

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  4. I used to be the “never miss a day” type because in University, profs would not let you write even a quiz at a later date, lab reports, etc. then I just continued that when I was working. After having children, though, seeing others coughing all over teachers and peers (because parents were working so they would/could not keep their kids at home) I changed my point of view. Today, I was feeling like I was coming down with something, so stayed home from church to spare other parishioners from my germs, hehe.

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    1. I can usually tell if I am coming down with something. I try to get as much sleep as I can in the hopes that my body can nip it in the bud early on.


    1. You are so right Gary!
      But where I am at the moment, there is really a skeleton staff. They need to recruit new staff. If one of us had a day off sick I have no idea what would happen. I think we might have to close the practice for the day! We would have violated our NHS contact and there would be trouble!
      So everyone goes into work even though they are ill. It’s a bizarre situation.

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