From the company perspective, I understand the importance of having employees at work each day. It is equally important for companies to be aware of the types of illness circulating through their workplace. When numerous workers are reporting to for duty with flu-like symptoms, it might be wise for the employer to encourage those not in essential positions to stay home to prevent the spread of germs/bacteria. Companies should consider obtaining the opinion of local Health Department or Occupational Health Clinic about work attendance policies during outbreaks of illness with flu-like symptoms.
From the employee perspective, I understand the importance of maintaining a steady income to meet financial obligations. When you begin to notice multiple people getting sick with flu-like symptoms, be pro-active. Allow yourself plenty of rest, eat a well-balanced diet and exercise regularly. Minimize life stressors and avoid those coughing and sneezing whenever possible. Communicate with your employer if you become ill and concerned about exposing your co-workers.
Wishing you good health and safety throughout this flu season. God bless.