Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Chicken Soup for the Employees' Soul

Instead of chicken soup and bed rest, most employees come to work when they're feeling under the weather, one recent survey shows.

A whopping 98 percent of employees admitted going to work when they were sick, according to a poll from Kronos Inc., a workforce management company. Two out of five said they did so out of guilt and 39 percent said their workload was too heavy to miss a day.

While these tough employees may impress the boss, their co-workers aren't happy to see them in the office with a fever.

So what is it these employees want?

Thirty-eight % of employees are afraid of getting sick when ill colleagues come to work, and another 35 percent blame their employers for not encouraging sick staffers to stay home.

Two-thirds wish the company would create a work environment where calling in sick isn't penalized.

Two out of five want employers to offer onsite flu shots and another quarter would prefer an onsite health care clinic.

Kronos polled 1,120 employed adults ages 18 and over in September.

Source: Forbes.com

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