According to our friends over at HR Benefits Alert, the practice of “presenteeism”—employees showing up to work sneezing, coughing or otherwise not feeling well—has become a major issue in the workplace.Not only are these folks unproductive, but they also put co-workers at risk—all of which ends up costing a lot more than just taking a day off.
The blog cites a recent workplace wellness survey by LifeCare, which found that 93 percent of employees admit that they come to work when they’re sick enough to stay home. Reasons include:
- fear of letting other people down; worrying that taking time off is too risky, in terms of office politics or culture
- and saving up sick days for child or eldercare emergencies or extra vacation.