The Death of the Sick Day
Ninety percent of employees come to work ill
Nine in 10 workers said they have come to work with cold or flu-like symptoms, according to a new Accountemps survey. Of the 2,800 workers in the online poll, 33 percent said they always go to work when they're not feeling well.
The reasons respondents gave for coming to work ill were because they had too much work to do (54 percent) or they didn't want to use their sick time (40 percent). In other survey results, more respondents ages 18 to 24 reported always coming to work ill than any other age group.
"Whether it's due to large workloads, pressure from the boss or because they can't afford to take time off, it's all too common for employees to come to the office feeling sick when they really should be resting," said Michael Steinitz, senior executive director of Robert Half's Accountemps division, in a media release. Steinitz added that managers can set an example for workers by staying home when they're ill, encouraging workers to do likewise, allowing employees with minor illnesses to work from home or hiring temporary workers to fill in.
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