You are home sick from work. This means instead of dressing up and driving into the office, you are lucky if you can get yourself out of bed and make yourself chicken noodle soup. It also means that at 11, you are going to have to muster up some sort of energy to dial in to the must-attend conference.
Unfortunately, work does not stop when you are sick, and part of holding a job means getting your work done even when you are not feeling your best. However, under certain circumstances, it’s best to keep your runny nose, bronchitis-like cough and sweaty fever at home; after all, you never want to be that guy who gets all the healthy people sick.
Thankfully, those snotty tissues and sore throats can remain at home thanks to today’s web conferencing services, which allow employees to dial into conference calls and remotely access desktops and applications without having to download any software—and all from the comfort of their home. By holding unified meetings, an employee can connect to a conference call and still have all of the resources available at the office without having to leave the home.
With flu season upon us and closer work quarters than ever before, it is time to be honest with yourself as to whether you can work remotely that day. And don’t forget to remember basic etiquette when it comes to conferences. If your sneezing fits and incessant cough will dramatically interrupt the flow of the call, then do everyone a favor and pop the cough drops and Sudafed and take a nap instead.