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

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-02-2011

72 percent

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

72 percent

55 percent

55 percent of respondents say they feel guilty if they call in sick, possibly because of workplace pressures to maximize "face time."

55 percent

53 percent

53 percent of respondents say they've gotten sick from a co-worker who came to the office while ill.

53 percent

12 percent

12 percent of respondents report that they've picked up a bug from someone while commuting to work via public transportation.

12 percent

19 percent

19 percent of respondents say their companies provide flu shots at work.

19 percent

38 percent

38 percent of respondents say they got a flu shot this year.

38 percent

How we avoid germs (percent respondents):

1. Washing hands often (78 percent)2. Carrying/using hand sanitizer (32 percent)3. Regularly cleaning keyboard, phone, desk and other items (30 percent)4. Avoiding shaking hands with people (15 percent)5. Skipping meetings in which attendees are known to be sick (3 percent)

How we avoid germs (percent respondents):

Four tips for keeping employees healthy:

1. Don't reinforce a "stigma culture" against those who stay home when sick. If work must be done, give staffers the tools they need to telecommute, with no guilty feelings attached.

Four tips for keeping employees healthy:

Four tips for keeping employees healthy:

2. If an ill worker needs to come to the office, arrange for that person to work in a private area, such as a conference room.

Four tips for keeping employees healthy:

Four tips for keeping employees healthy:

3. Encourage your workers to manage stress and live healthy lives by taking breaks, exercising, eating healthy and taking up yoga.

Four tips for keeping employees healthy:

Four tips for keeping employees healthy:

4. Be a healthy role model by engaging in all of these practices yourself.

Four tips for keeping employees healthy: