6/13/2014 - Most employees say they've worked while being ill
While being sick with the flu or a bad cold may be a perfectly good reason to not go into work for a day or two, most say that they have gone into the office despite being under the weather, based on recently released survey data.
An average of seven in 10 workers said that they had gone into work on at least one occasion before, even though they probably should have stayed home in order to rest, according to a poll performed by staffing services firm OfficeTeam. Additionally, among employers, nearly two-thirds indicated that they were aware of this fact. Of these, more than 40% said that that their staff did so frequently.
Robert Hosking, executive director of the Menlo Park, Calif.-based administrative support company, noted that many people are reluctant to call in sick because of concern about how much work they'll have to do when they're healthy again, or in other words, playing "catch up."
"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 Hosking. "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."
Talk to workers about sick days
He added that while illnesses can never be fully removed from an office - as just about every workplace will have at least one person who comes down with something over the course of a year - business managers should be sure to address sick days in staff meetings, informing employees that they should be sure to stay home when under the weather so as not to spread germs.
Workers compensation insurance for business owners can help provide entrepreneurs with the funds needed should an employee be out of work for an extended period of time due to injury. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average number of paid sick leave time afforded to full-time private industry workers in 2012 was between eight and 10 days, depending on how long individuals were tenured with said company.