Sick at Work

By Robert Half on October 20, 2016 at 4:45pm


82% of HR managers say their companies encourage workers to stay home when sick.

53% Encourage strongly
29% Encourage somewhat
17% Neither encourage nor discourage
1% Discourage somewhat
0% Discourage strongly

85% of workers admit they’ve gone to work when sick.

Why employees went to work sick:

36% Felt well enough to work
32% Too much work/didn’t want to fall behind
12% Don’t get any sick days
9% Want to save sick time in case it’s needed later
4% Manager would frown upon not coming in
7% Other

The most annoying behavior by coworkers during cold and flu season, according to employees:

42% Going to work when sick
42% Not covering their mouth when sneezing or coughing
14% Not washing hands
1% None of these behaviors

Source: OfficeTeam surveys of 306 human resources managers and 503 workers in the United States.

© 2016 OfficeTeam. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

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