Regarding Washing Our Hands

Respect Well-being


Key Point: Hopefully we understand that hand washing with soap is a big disease and influenza preventer. I do disinfect all the time, but I still get a cold or flu once in a while. “Hand washing” is obviously not bullet proof. So, when we do get sick, all of us need to give ourselves guilt free permission to rest and recover at home… Not in a public work place. The last statement is probably a lightening flash of “obvious,” yet old and even dumb habits are hard to break. Currently, I’m fighting off my annual winter cold, feeling sorry for myself and a little grumpy.

I’m from a generation of people who often think showing up to work when sick is an act of commitment and perseverance. But really, who wants to shake hands with us or have us sniffing and sneezing our way through meetings? Still, a lot of us still do it. Why? The great thing about today’s mobile technology is that many of us can accomplish the necessary from home; even at half speed. I worked from home in the a.m., and then went into the office later for what I believe were “indispensable” face-to-face meetings. It may have still been dumb, but a 50 percent improvement over my normal ill-informed behavior (pun intended).

As mobile video technology becomes more ubiquitous, our mindset will reinforce that work is about getting results more than being at a place. So, when we do get sick, hopefully guilt free common sense will prevail, and better work/rest scenarios will evolve. Wash your hands of both germs, and “sick guilt” when necessary.

Character Moves:

  1. Don’t be dumb and go to a workplace sick (that means me too).
  1. Give yourself permission to get well fast in a guilt free way. Help set an example for others (again, I’m included).
  1. Watch the TED Talks video about the vital life saving nature of soap based hand washing below. And for goodness sake… Scrub up. 

Sick blog in The Triangle,


One Millennial View: Sick days for Millennials are also tricky, because the back-thought is “Oh great, some healthy person is sending in their resume for my same job right now.” But, let’s get back on a healthy note. Character Triangle speaking, let’s just enjoy one of the sickest things I’ve seen all week. (In this case, “sick” is a positive adjective).

When the Toronto Maple Leafs recently hosted the Nashville Predators, the singer’s mic cut out during the performance of the U.S. National Anthem (a nod to the visiting U.S. team). Instead of remaining silent, a predominantly Canadian crowd immediately took action and belted it out for her… It demonstrated the Respect, Abundance and Self-Accountability that CT followers, and every singing Canadian in attendance practiced. This single action has helped define the bond these two great countries share. Cue the chills, pride and brotherhood. Thanks, Canada… Just what the doctor ordered!

– Garrett

Edited and published by Garrett Rubis