Download: Most People Work When Sick
A staffing service polled more than 400 workers in the U.S. to learn about sick habits.
OfficeTeam found 70 percent of professionals admitted they frequently go to work when they’re feeling sick.
Managers are aware of the problem. More than 300 senior managers were surveyed.
Sixty-five percent said that sick employees report to work at least somewhat frequently.
“Many professionals fear falling behind or feel that they can’t afford to take a sick day, so they head into work when they are under the weather,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam, in a press release. “Managers should encourage their teams to stay home when they are sick. Let staff know that there’s nothing heroic about spreading colds and flus.”
OfficeTeam also offered these guidelines for the workplace managers:
- Remind staff to avoid spreading illness by staying home when sick
- Lead by example and resist the urge to come in sick yourself
- Allow employees to work from home if possible so a sick day doesn’t have to be used
- Encourage staff to clean common areas at work and make hand sanitizer available
- Have other employees ready to fill in for sick workers and hire temporary help if necessary