Workplace pressures and “presenteeism” may be causing workers to go in under the weather, as more than 60% of workers said they feel guilty if they call in sick.
According to a press release, nearly six-in-ten workers (58%) said they have gotten sick from a co-worker who came to the office sick, while 21% said they picked up a bug from someone who was sick on public transportation going to or from work.
Twelve percent of employees said their companies provided flu shots at their office. Twenty-eight percent said they were proactive and got a flu shot this year.
Strategies workers cited for avoiding germs include:
- I wash my hands often – 76%;
- I regularly clean my keyboard, phone, desk, etc. – 29%;
- I carry hand sanitizer with me and use it often – 24%;
- I avoid shaking hands with people – 18%; and
- I skip meetings where I know people are sick – 4%.
The survey was conducted online within Canada by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.com among 550 Canadian workers (employed full-time; not self-employed; non-government) ages 18 and over between November 15 and December 2, 2010.