A good friend of mine works with sick children. She very frequently has to have time off work due to falling ill from viruses. We are talking maybe 1 week in 8 off work. All her friends and family have a much more 'steady' level of health so the only possible cause is that she is picking up these viruses from the poorly children. A colleague in her workplace is in a similar situation.
This is causing problems. Not only is her health and mood suffering but I'm worried that questions of capability will be asked at work. I'm thinking that her organisation has a duty of care to take steps to safeguard her from illness - but current steps clearly aren't enough..
From chats with her, it sounds like the HR team are unresponsive (possibly due to limited resources) and her line manager is less than HR savvy to put it lightly.
Does anyone out there have any experience of this kind of thing or advice I can pass on?