For four straight years, employees who have reported going in to work while sick has been on the rise, but this year, that number dropped, according to Staples’ fifth annual Flu Season Survey. Do the stats below surprise you, or are you in line with the rest of the workplace when it comes to wellness?
Do you go to work when you’re sick?
If you said “yes,” you’re part of the 60% who responded that they still go into the office when sick. That’s a big number, but believe it or not, it’s a smaller number than years past. 40% of respondents said there’s too much going on at work to stay away, and 31% actually think their manager appreciates them coming to work sick. Think again!
Does your manager encourage you to stay home when you’re under the weather?
For many people, the knee-jerk answer to this is “no.” Sick time can be a hotly debated topic and even showed up on some election ballots this week. But 88% of managers encourage their sick employees to stay at home for their own good and the good of their coworkers.
Do you think showing up to work sick is bad for office productivity?
That’s a no-brainer, even if you’re foggy-headed from sinus medication and Nyquil. 27% of employees think coming to work sick is worse for office productivity than a security breach, natural disaster, or a product/service issue, and 36% of employees are aware their personal productivity is reduced by more than half when they show up sick.
Can you do anything to help mitigate your risk of illness in the office?
Of course! Flu shots are more widely available each year, but more than that, 70% of employees have some involvement in cleaning their work spaces. You may count on someone else to vacuum the carpet or empty the recycling bin, but common germ sources like your keyboard, mouse and phone are up to you! See if your employer makes hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies available to cut down your chance of getting sick.
For more information about this year’s Flu Season Survey results, check out our The Workplace Flu Disconnect on Slideshare.