Working to Death

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    A new NSF international survey found that one in four Americans still go on to work when they are sick in fear of missing deadline or because they can’t afford to lose a day of work.

    A new NSF international survey found that one in four Americans clock in when they would rather take some NyQuil and clock out instead.  The biggest reason, at 42%, was due to workload.  Participants said they couldn’t afford to miss deadlines, while 37% said they just simply couldn’t afford to miss work.  Twenty-five percent said their employer expects them show up no matter what.  Hmm-hmm. While you might keep the hand sanitizer handy in the presence of a sick co-worker, the survey showed we don’t typically judge, with only 16% saying they thought their sick colleagues were shellfish for not staying home.  But we will probably tell them to go home as 57% of participants said they would tell a sick co-worker to leave work if they were too sick to stay.