Back in grade school, I never remember seeing my dad call in sick when he was a 5th grade-school teacher. He would even go to work when he was miserably sick. I then asked him one day why he never called in sick, and he had tons of sick days built-up? He told me that it was more work to write a lesson plan, than to go to work sick.

When I got into the workforce, I wanted to have his same work ethic, and I refused to call in, and I followed it for many years. Then when I started as a massage therapist, my thought process was about to change…

After a few months of being a massage therapist, I finally had one of those days where I just felt horrible. I was on the verge of a cold, and my head was all stuffed up. I had a few massages scheduled for the day, and I didn’t want to disappoint my clients. So, I went to work and started giving massages, and I looked terrible! One of my last clients of the day told me, that I should have stayed home and not come to work and possibly got all of my clients sick.

Then it dawned on me, that because of an ingrained work ethic, I could be hurting my business. All it took was a client to voice their concerns and that put a stop to that. I hated calling my clients to reschedule, when I was sick again, but I knew it had to be done, and I opened my schedule to times I wasn’t usually there to accommodate them.

The sum it all up, try not to be such a workaholic when it comes to your client's health, because calling in sick can actually keep your clients coming back to you. Nobody wants to get sick, and it's not life or death if you call just feels that way.  

Blog written by Ryan Hoyme