Recent concern over measles puts the focus on the importance of immunization, but let’s go a step beyond to illness in the workplace that can be spread to co-workers and customers or in golf’s case, members and public golfers.
Years ago, I was barking with a terrible cold at a desk when I was chastised for not staying home and in theory, that rebuke was justified.
The reality is, however, that he forgot to say how I would meet an approaching deadline if I took that time off. Certainly, he didn’t offer to pitch in and therein is the problem.
It doesn’t take a genius to point out that somebody should stay at home when they’re sick, but it really is wise to figure out a contingency plan if that is necessary.
I suspect that the temptation to tough it out at work is even greater now as many companies, including golf businesses, have cut back to a smaller number of staff members who may already be stretched to the limit in their own duties.
The move towards contract or part-time employees also increases the likelihood that somebody will attempt to tough out an illness out of fear that he/she will lose money or even be turfed because they couldn’t get the job done when needed most.
The people who grumble about having to pick up the slack caused by an absence are quite likely the ones who will do the same if they pick up a bug passed to them by a co-worker who didn’t stay home.
Besides the measles, the flu season hit a peak early this winter and, according to reports, it was a different strain that resisted the most recent immunizations.
Of course, in summer, an illness that spreads throughout a staff is even more noticeable at the height of the season, not to mention the fact that it can also be transmitted to members or visitors.
The temptation to tough out illness is getting greater in today’s workplace and that compounds the problem when others fall ill. How well management encourages people to stay home will ultimately decide how well you contain that problem.
Most respondents, or 64 per cent, to last week’s GNN Poll would not recommend a career in the golf industry to a youngster considering it … Early results from this week’s GNN Poll shows that respondents feel the market in which they’re located is slightly oversupplied in golf courses. You can cast your vote on the GNN home page and we’ll keep you posted on that one as the week continues … Roger Sloan was good humoured about my so-called game when I played with him at Victoria’s Bear Mountain three months ago and he was even able to poke fun at himself here over a misadventure he had recently on the 18th at Pebble Beach, where he took an 11. “No clubs were damaged out of frustration in the making of this score,” wrote Sloan in a disclaimer on his website. Other players of Sloan’s calibre might not have had the same sense of humour about such a score, but thankfully, not all players are the same in personality. Without talking to him, I get the sense that chronicling his experience was therapeutic for Sloan, who apparently turned what could have been a negative into a positive experience that offered motivation to do better next time he faces that famous hole … Graham DeLaet expressed disappointment in the outcome of the Northern Trust Open on the weekend only to get a piece of advice from Gary Player.
@GrahamDeLaet Be Strong. Be Positive. Believe. You can flat out play this game man. So impressed with you. Patience. My best. GP
— Gary Player (@garyplayer) February 23, 2015
I’m not going to throw out the golf cliche about the more times you get in the final group, the better chance you have of winning next time. I’ll go with Player and simply say DeLaet has the tools to win. That could have come the first time he was in contention and it could come the next time. As far as what happened at Riviera goes, he did stumble out of the gate, but did anybody notice the lead coming back to DeLaet? Two-time U.S. Open champ Retief Goosen led after the third round at eight under, but shot a final round 75 on a wet and breezy golf course. It was disappointing for DeLaet for sure, but others with more experience went in reverse as well, so what happened on the weekend is no reason for anybody to think DeLaet can’t get it done … NGCOA Canada has partnered with golfscoring,net, an online scoring system that is also offering NGCOA members a $500 savings … The PGA of British Columbia recently named its new president and appointed new association executives. To find out more, click here … The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation has partnered with the PGA of Ontario, which will serve as an official sponsor of the 2015 Golf to Conquer Cancer tournament, June 15 at Coppinwood and Granite Golf Clubs northeast of Toronto.