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Is “Presenteeism” Infecting Your Workplace?

Missing out on the opportunity to catch up on the always-entertaining-for-one-reason-or-another The View, 72 percent of workers go to work when they are sick, according to a new survey released today by CareerBuilder.  Evidently, “presenteeism” and workplace pressures outweigh the desire to see the ridiculous charming banter between Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Whoopi Goldberg, as more than half of those workers (55 percent) say they feel guilty if they call in sick.

(Side note: I can’t help but notice that this 72 percent overlaps slightly with the 29 percent of workers who admitted they have faked an excuse to call in sick in a previous CareerBuilder survey. I’d love to get a peek inside the minds of those who show no remorse at calling in sick when they aren’t, but just don’t feel right about it when they are.)

While I understand feeling too guilty to take a sick day, is there no shame when it comes to putting your co-workers at risk of getting sick? (Did anyone else not see Outbreak?!) More than half of workers surveyed (53 percent) said they have gotten sick from a co-worker who came to the office sick.

According to Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, it’s important for employees to stay home if they aren’t feeling well – for the sake of their health and everyone else’s.  It’s also in managers’ best interest to promote the health of their employees in order to maintain productivity.

Haefner offers the following tips managers can use to promote a healthy – and productive – workplace:

  • Insist that sick employees go or stay home. If they absolutely must come into the office, let them work in a conference room or away from others so they don’t spread their sickness.
  • If you think your employees might be hesitant to take sick days, talk to them – or have HR talk to them – about how their sick days can be used.  Offer to let them telecommute, delegate or call-in if necessary. Do whatever you can to ensure they take care of themselves, get healthy and get back to work as soon as possible.
  • Provide healthy resources. Make sure hand sanitizers, hand soap, paper towels, tissues and other cleaning supplies are readily available for employees to use.
  • Develop company telecommuting policies – or, if necessary, adjust existing ones –and determine standards for allowing employees to telecommute during this time to reduce the potential for spreading germs.
Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.
4 comments
Tim
Tim

What if the reason why so many people go to work when sick is because they either already used all their sick days or they do not want to use their sick days as they are saving them to be used as vacation days in the future? Let's not kid ourselves here. The majority of those who come to work sick are those who have poor attendance habits already and can not afford to miss work because of their own doing.

Tim
Tim

What if the reason why so many people go to work when sick is because they either already used all their sick days or they do not want to use their sick days as they are saving them to be used as vacation days in the future? Let's not kid ourselves here. The majority of those who come to work sick are those who have poor attendance habits already and can not afford to miss work because of their own doing.

Oliver
Oliver

It is sickening how many people go to work when being sick, rather than being able to stay at home for a couple of days. Usually this is all it takes.
The US system has here a big flaw that should be corrected rather sooner than later. It improves moral and productivity.

Oliver
Oliver

It is sickening how many people go to work when being sick, rather than being able to stay at home for a couple of days. Usually this is all it takes.
The US system has here a big flaw that should be corrected rather sooner than later. It improves moral and productivity.

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