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90 per cent of professionals admit to going to work sick

Last Updated Oct 24, 2019 at 10:44 am PST

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Laura Grassia is with the firm behind the survey, and says managers should be leading by example

Staying home when you're sick shows consideration for yourself and your coworkers

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –¬†They’re sniffling, sneezing, and coughing – and they’re still coming to work.

A survey from Accountemps has found nine in 10 professionals in Canada admit they have gone to work with cold or flu symptoms. That’s because many are worried about falling behind.

Laura Grassia is with the firm behind the survey, and says managers should be leading by example.

“Coming into work sick does more harm than good, not only for your coworkers, but for you. And staying home to rest is the best thing you can do for your manager, your team and your organization,” she says.

“Managers do need to communicate with their teams and show that it’s just more of a detriment to the team if the work is getting done half-assed. They should be at home resting if they are sick.”

So why aren’t sick workers staying home, laying on the couch and drinking tea?

“Fifty-four per cent of those [who] report to the office with the cold or flu do so because they have so much work to do, and the other 33 per cent don’t want to use a sick day,” Grassia says.