Snot and Civility

I was just reminded of how, many years ago in England, the workplace culture was such that, even if you had frothing flu, with snot bubbling from every orifice and a temperature higher than the sun, you’d still go to work because otherwise you’d be considered a wimp. Then suddenly, probably on a Thursday, someone said: “You know, that’s really, seriously stupid”, and everyone stroked their chin and nodded and began to appreciate that infecting all your colleagues was a) very bad for productivity and b) inconsiderate and ill-mannered.
So, by and large, we stopped that nonsense and thereby took another small step towards civilization. Let’s hope we can take a few more.