Nearly 80% of U.S. Employees Went to Work Sick Last Year

Dec. 14, 2016

A survey of over 1,500 U.S. office workers show that employees consistently forgo using their sick days to stay working in the office.

Findings from a survey conducted by Staples show that among 1,500 U.S. office workers, depsite the workforce being vastly aware of the risks of seasonal illness, personal accountability remains low, with nearly 80% of employees still going to work sick.

Almost three in four (73%) of employees have caught a cold or the flu at work, and nearly one-third (32%) blame sick coworkers for getting themselves sick this year. 

Awareness is high, but actual application of using sick days properly is low year after year according to the Staples study that's in its seventh annual year. 79% of workers went to work sick last year, and workload pressures continue to keep them at the office. Nearly half (41%) felt they had too much to do at work to take a sick day, even though nearly three-quarters of employers (74%) provide designated sick days. The majority of employees consistently go with the strategy of sticking it out, with more than half (52%) say going to work sick makes them “hardworking and committed.”

To take a look at some of the other key findings in this survey, please click here

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