Why you shouldn’t work (at all) when you are ill – Don’t “Play Hurt”!

Are you the kind of person who works when you are ill?

Do you like to show how dedicated you are by working when you are ill and “playing hurt”?

Chris Adams is a former Facebook exec and Movie exec who worked with Jeff Skoll at Participant media – the organisation that made the award-winning films “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Syriana”.

Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media corporate culture was a “shock” to many hard-working execs

“Taking better care of yourself when you are ill” is a topic Chris is very passionate about – and he wants to get this message out to all his friends and colleagues in the Northern hemisphere where it’s coming into winter and the cold and flu season.

Cold and flu season in the US

Chris’s passion for spreading this message is based on “mistakes” he made in trying to work when he was sick AND from the experience he had working at Participant Media – where the corporate culture discouraged people from working (at all) when they were ill.

In this video, Chris warns about the dangers of working when you are ill – especially “blowing” important presentations or deals.

I shared with Chris how the “soldier on” culture was common in Australian business too and that there was even an advertising campaign based on “soldiering on”.

Organisations are starting to encourage sick workers to not come to work when they are ill – so they reduce the risk of infecting others.

are you doing more harm than good – working when you are sick?

Organisations should also take into account the financial risk of bad decisions and “performance” when workers are ill and under the influence of medication.

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Who is writing this?

I’m Tony Biancotti – an Australian  journalist turned communication consultant and I learn lots from former Hollywood exec and Facebook exec Chris Adams (who now lives in Brisbane). Chris and I catch up every month or so and I capture his views (on business, presenting, pitching etc) on camera. I write the text (my opinion)  in these posts and Chris gives his opinion in the video.


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