Going to Work Sick not Impressive

February 24, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - A new Accountemps survey reveals 76% of employees admitted to at least somewhat frequently coming to work when feeling under the weather.

Forty-two percent of workers said they “very frequently” go into work when they are feeling sick.  

The survey found these sick workers’ efforts are not very appreciated. According to a press release, one-third (34%) of workers interviewed said when a colleague comes in sick, they worry about being exposed to his or her illness; only 8% reported they are impressed by their coworker’s dedication.   

In addition, half of employees said their managers encourage them to remain at home when they are unwell. Only 11% indicated their bosses discourage them from taking time off.  

“Some professionals come into work sick thinking it shows dedication and will impress their managers, but that’s not necessarily the case,” said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps, in the announcement. “Most people are well-intentioned — they show up even when they aren’t feeling well because they don’t want to fall behind in their work or burden colleagues who cover for them. However, they risk spreading their illness to others and affecting the entire team.”