Workplace Slideshow: Managing Flu Season: Make It OK to Call in Sick

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-02-2011
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When considering how to keep your workplace healthy during a cold or flu outbreak, it's important to realize many of your employees feel obligated to report to the office even when they're ill, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder. Part of this is due to the increased workloads and decreased job security of the recent economic downturn. Many professionals are simply too afraid to stay home, no matter how ill they feel. For a handful, such behavior may be an add-on to the 10 clues that you're a workaholic . No matter their motivation, as a manager you need to know that a flu outbreak can be caused by a single worker's illness. And, it could, conceivably, take down your entire crew. It's up to you to strongly encourage your teams to stay at home if they're under the weather -- and set an example by doing so yourself. Ultimately, a healthy workplace is a productive one. On the positive side, the survey finds that workers are taking proactive steps to stay healthy via sanitary practices and getting flu shots, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends. More than 3,700 workers took part in CareerBuilder's survey. Here are selected highlights:

72 percent

72 percent of respondents typically go to the office when they're sick.

72 percent
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
 
 
 

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