9 in 10 employees come to work sick, study shows


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Have you ever come to work sick? Chances are you’d be a part of the overwhelming majority that have.

In fact, 9 in 10 employees admit going to work sick, according to new research from global staffing firm Accountemps, a Robert Half company.

Source: Accountemps
Accountemps – A Robert Half Company

Amid the potential for a coronavirus outbreak in the United States or even North Carolina, many health experts are urging people to take precautionary measures, which should include not getting your co-workers sick, should you come down with anything.

Of those respondents, 33% always go to work even when they’re under the weather. Among the 28 U.S. cities in the study, Charlotte, Miami (96% each), Austin, Chicago and Cincinnati (93% each) had the most employees who show up while feeling ill.

More than half of those who report to the office with a cold or the flu (54%) said they do so because they have too much work on their plate; another 40% don’t want to use sick time, Accountemps says.

“Whether it’s due to large workloads, pressure from the boss or because they can’t afford to take time off, it’s all too common for employees to come to the office feeling sick when they really should be resting,” said Michael Steinitz, senior executive director of Accountemps, a division of Robert Half. “Staying home when you’ve got a cold or the flu is the best way to avoid spreading germs to others and fight the illness faster.”  

Steinitz added, “Bosses should set an example by taking time off when they’re under the weather, encouraging employees to do the same and offering those with minor ailments the ability to work from home. Bringing in temporary professionals can keep assignments on track during staff absences.”

The online survey was developed by Accountemps and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from 2,800 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments in 28 U.S. cities.

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