Stay Home Sick-o!

I found this to be a timely article.  It is from an electronic newsletter that I get at work:

Employers Tell Sick Workers to Go Home
As flu season gets under way, employers are gearing up for more sick employees dragging themselves–and their germs–in to work. According to findings of the 2007 CCH Unscheduled Absence Survey, 87 percent of employers report that sick employees who show up to work are suffering from short-term illnesses such as a cold or flu, which can be easily spread.

Presenteeism, when sick employees show up for work, is a significant and costly impact on an organization, not only in terms of risking the spread of the disease, but also in terms of diminished productivity, quality and attention to safety.

Sending sick employees home is the single most common approach employers take to reduce presenteeism. Other ways employers discourage presenteeism include educating employees on the importance of staying home when sick; fostering a culture that discourages employees from coming to work sick; and using telecommuting programs.

Most employees come to work sick because they have too much work/deadlines; there is no one available to cover the workload; they don’t want to use vacation time; they want to save sick time for later in the year; and/or they fear discipline because they are absent.

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~ by toddbumgarner on February 18, 2008 12:01 pm.

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