Do You Skip Work When Sick?

(WREG-TV) A new survey shows almost 90 percent of employees come to work even when they know they are sick.

Staples, the office supply company commissioned the survey.

Workers, according to the survey, said they thought staying away for three days when sick with the flu was appropriate.

Most however said they stay out for less than two days; even though it means putting coworkers at risk.

Sick or not, business executive Morgan Bohannon says he’s coming to work anyway.

“I’m too driven,” he said.

Apparently, so is the rest of the U.S.

In a recent survey of Americans, ninety percent of workers say they still come to work when their sick.

That’s up from 80 percent last year and 60 percent in 2011.

“What do you do when you’re sick?” asked Reporter Sabrina Hall.

“Consult with my wife,” said Real Estate Agent Gray Fisar.  “See what she says and whatever she says that’s what I do.”

Despite what the wife says, doctors say don’t do it.

“If you go to work when you are contagious, you infect other people and it causes more missed days for everybody,” said Nicole Meredith, a family nurse practitioner with Baptist Healthcare.

People going to work sick and spreading germs is costing the country a total 70 million missed work days a year.

Meredith says it may be OK to go in with a cold, if you cover your cough and wash your hands, but not in the midst of the flu, “You must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or Motrin.”

While Morgan says he’ll still show up, he has different advice for his workers.

“As a boss, what would you tell your employees?” asked Hall.

“If you don’t feel well, stay home,” said Bohannon.

Since so many people are coming to work sick, health experts recommend stocking your office with hand sanitizers for employees to use.