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9 Out Of 10 Employees Go To Work With Colds Or Flu-Like Symptoms

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9 Out Of 10 Employees Go To Work With Colds Or Flu-Like Symptoms

One-third of professionals polled said they always go to the office with cold or flu symptoms

– Charlotte and Miami have the largest numbers of employees who admitted to showing up sick

-More employees ages 25 to 40 (39%) reported always coming to work unwell than respondents ages 18 to 24, 55 and older (27% each) and ages 41 to 54 (26%).

I’ve often said that the cold air doesn’t make me sick during the winter, sick people (sharing their germs with me) are the reason I get sick; and it looks like I may be right.

Independent research firm Accountemps surveyed several employees about their work habits. When asked if they went to work sick, 90% of the people surveyed said “YES!” That means 9 out of 10 people go to work with cold or flu-like symptoms. Which means germs are transferred from person to person, then the germs are taken to employees homes, transferred to kids and then taken to school with the littles.

Sure, I’m being dramatic, but this is a big deal. On several occasions I’ve gotten sick by interacting with a co-worker who felt like they had to come to work even though they were sick.

But I don’t blame the co-workers.

In the same survey, employees were asked why they came to work despite being sick. 

  • 54% said because they had too much work to do to miss a day.
  • 40% said because they didn’t want to use a sick day.
  • 34% said they felt pressured from their employers to be present.
  • 25% said because other coworkers went to work sick.

Whether you’ve been in this predicament or not, these are decisions that none of should have to make. As eye-opening as the results are, I can honestly say that I’m not surprised. 

Now, how do we change this behavior?

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