We’ve all done it, at least once. Gone to work when we haven’t been feeling 100%.
But a new survey shows your coworkers are not interested in seeing you back in the office until you’re feeling better.
OfficeTeam found 74% of HR managers said even though their company encourages sick employees to stay home, 87% still make the trek in.
Why not stay home and recover? 32% felt they could still perform their required duties, 32% said they didn’t want to fall behind, and 13% were worried about how their managers would react if they took the day off.
When it comes to your coworkers, 42% said they’re not happy with those sick coworkers who don’t cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing. A full 40% don’t want sick colleagues in the office at all.
“Although you may be feeling up to going in, staying home from work when you have cold or flu symptoms is not only better for your own well-being, but also shows consideration for your colleagues. If available, take advantage of the opportunity to work remotely, and if you are unsure, discuss your options with your manager prior to going in. Doing your part to prevent spreading your illness will help keep the workplace healthy and productive. Managers must set a precedent by avoiding the office when they’re under the weather, and encourage their employees to follow suit.” – Koula Vasilopoulos, OfficeTeam District President.