You’d think after COVID, we'd be taking better care of ourselves and not work when sick, but according to a new report, that’s just not happening.
The survey by Theraflu finds:
- 41% of Americans say the “always” or “often” work sick.
- Money is one of the biggest issues people will work sick, with 92% of people working sick because they can’t afford a sick day.
- And 64% say taking a day off would result in financial strain.
- Plus 67% say inflation is a factor in them not taking an unpaid sick day.
- 62% are reluctant to take a sick day, even if they are offered, because of layoffs happening in the U.S.
- 62% say that unless their symptoms are really severe, they would go into the office if they feel sick.
- Other than financial reasons...
- Two-in three people worry they’ll be reprimanded by their employer if they call in sick.
- 63% feel guilty about taking sick time because of shortages in staff.
- 60% say their work actively discourages them to call out.
- And with more people working from home, the stigma of calling in sick is even larger.
- In fact, 68% of people who work remotely say they still feel obligated to work rather than take a sick day.
- That only changes if someone actually tests positive for COVID.
Source: SWNS Digital