Ever go to work sick? Work next to someone who was? You are not alone. A new survey by CareerBuilder finds 72% of workers go to work when sick. And 53% say they’ve gotten sick from a co-worker. Still, more than half (55%) feel guilty if they call in sick. Allison Nawoj is a career advisor with CareerBuilder in Chicago. She says employers may be missing an important benefit.
“Only 19 percent of employees said their companies provided flu shots. I think that’s a great way for people to stay healthy and, hopefully, companies will jump on board and more of them will offer those types of benefits.”
Nawoj says the reason why most go to work if they aren’t well?!? –Workplace and economic pressures.
CareerBuilder offers the following tips for staying well at work:
— Don’t share your germs: If you are sick, do your best to keep your germs away from others by staying home. If you absolutely must come into the office, try to work in a conference room or away from others so you don’t spread your sickness. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
— Keep it balanced: With many workers facing heavier workloads and longer hours, some may be feeling maxed out. Be sure to manage your stress and stay healthy by taking a break during the day, exercising or even practicing yoga or meditation.
— Talk it out: If you are concerned about taking days off work when you are ill, talk to your manager or HR department so that you have a clear understanding on how your sick days can be used. Offer to telecommute, delegate or call-in if necessary, but ensure you get as much rest as possible so you are back on your feet.
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