Coworkers Bring Germs in the Workplace

January 19, 2011 ( - A new CareerBuilder survey finds that nearly three-quarters (72%) of workers typically go to work when they are sick.

More than half (55%) of workers said they feel guilty if they call in sick.  

According to a press release, 53% of respondents reported they have gotten sick from a co-worker who came to the office sick, and 12% said they picked up a bug from someone who was sick on public transportation going to or from work.   

The survey found workers do make an attempt to avoid and not spread germs:  

  • 78% said they wash their hands often; 
  • 32% carry hand sanitizer with them and use it often; 
  • 30% indicated they regularly clean their keyboards, phones, desks, etc.; 
  • 15% avoid shaking hands with people; and 
  • 3% reported they skip meetings where they know people are sick. 


Nearly one-in-five (19%) respondents said their companies provided flu shots at their office. Nearly two-in-five workers (38%) said they got a flu shot this year.  

The CareerBuilder survey was conducted nationwide from November 15 to December 2, 2010, among more than 3,700 workers.