Sick Days (Away from Work) Appear to Be a Thing of the Past
Fears concerning job security keep people at the office or plant even when common sense dictates that a day at home might put them on the road to good health. Workspan Weekly, the online publication of WorldatWork (formerly the American Compensation Association) reported the following on March 15, 2005:
Working While Sick Continues to Pervade U.S. Workplace
March 15, 2005 – The majority of employees – 77% - report going to work while sick, according to a recent Tell It Now poll by ComPsych Corporation.
When asked whether they worked while sick, employees responded:
· 34 percent - Yes, because my workload makes it too difficult to take off
· 26 percent – Yes, because it feels "risky" to take off in the current work environment
· 17 percent – Yes, because I save my sick days for when my kids need me
· 23 percent – No, I put my health first.
“The percentage of employees who work while sick - and the reasons they do so - is virtually unchanged since 2004,” said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, chairman and CEO of ComPsych. “Employees' health continues to take a backseat as they succumb to the demands of work and caregiving.”
The survey was conducted from Feb. 5 to March 1, 2005, receiving responses from employees of more than 1,000 ComPsych client companies nationwide.