44 percent of Americans would consider going to work with a fever.
See also: Worst Excuses For Calling In Sick, Recession Tips Work/Life Balance Remember sick days? How quaint. Many workers now feel pressured to avoid calling in sick, even with a fever, and a significant percentage won't stay home no matter what kind of illness they're suffering from, according to a survey from Halls, the cough-drop company. Much of the motivation can be attributed to the woozy economy and high unemployment rate – factors people take seriously when managers pressure them to show up regardless of how they feel. "While we don't condone anyone going to work when they're sick, it's clear that many Americans plan to defy the advice of most experts and try to fight through this cold and flu season at work," says Sebastian Genesio, marketing director at HALLS. More than 620 people took part in the survey, which was conducted by Kelton Research. As cold and flu season gets into high gear, the short-sightedness of such policies will take a toll on overall productivity, with contagious workers spreading their germs to colleagues across the organization. Do everyone a favor: stay home.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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