Working When Sick

By | May 3, 2009

It’s estimated that it costs US businesses 180 billion a year in lost productivity because people insist in going to work when sick. Productivity is lower because coming to work sick can prolongs illness and has the potential of spreading illness to colleagues and customers.

Many times it’s the company who encourages employees to come to work sick, by giving bonuses for attendance.

As much as 47% of the US workforce doesn’t have paid sick leave. Those who do have paid sick leave often use it for care of elderly relatives. Some will even save paid sick days to use when well.

The most common reason for people to go to work sick is their belief there is too much work to be done, or if they aren’t there, the work won’t be completed in a timely fashion, or that they are essential to the organization.

The flu is an airborne virus and passes from one another through the air or by contact. You can catch germs by casually touching another person or when you touch contaminated objects or surfaces and then touch your face (mouth, eyes, and nose). Hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs.

Graveyards are full of essential employees.


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