Enquiring Minds: Working Sick [SURVEY]
Although maybe more serious stuff like Ebola is on everyone’s mind these days, health care professionals contend a more immediate and likely concern is the onset of the flu season.
Staple's Annual Flu Survey says that coming to work sick with the flu is more harmful to job productivity than a security breach, a product issue or even a natural disaster. Yet, in spite of all the recommendations that people should stay home when they have the flu, six in ten still trudge into work anyway. The survey revealed that 40 percent come to the office because their workloads are so demanding while about a third say their boss appreciates the fact that they put their job ahead of their health. However, there are signs that attitudes are changing, albeit, somewhat slowly.
The number of those who will work with the flu is actually lower than it’s been in five years. About one in four explain that productivity does go down when workers are sick and just over a third say that their personal productivity when they feel ill is about half of what it normally is.
Now I have to admit, I've come to work sick more than once. Maybe not flu sick, but I'll come to work if I have a cold or something. i even keep a can of that spray disinfectant in the studio so I can kind of hose the place down after I'm done and nobody else gets my mucus problems. It takes a lot for me to call in to work, I'm just one of those people who doesn't like to call in sick. Maybe that's something I should change.
What do you think? Will you go to work sick? What does it take for you to be "sick enough" to call in and stay home? Tell me all about it in our survey and not only will we talk about it on the air, but you'll get points to win prizes.