Numbers released by Accountemps earlier this month say that more than 90 percent of workers admit to coming into the office with cold or flu symptoms. Molly Gardner, Director of Permanent Placement
for Robert Half in Kansas City says there are many reasons workers punch the clock even when they are ill.

“They don’t feel encouraged to stay home,” said Gardner. “Maybe their managers encourage people to come in because they need to get the work done, or their managers themselves come in sick and so they feel like they need to as well.”

Taking the pressure off of employees sometimes means taking it off of yourself as a manager.

“If you’re a manager and you’re sick, stay home when you’re sick,” said Gardner. “Also, make sure that you’re encouraging staff who aren’t feeling well to take time away from the office. Managers need to understand and realize that sick employees aren’t productive.”

Gardner says if an employee can get some things done at home while not infecting others, let them do that. The online survey was developed by Accountemps and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from 2,800 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments in 28 U.S. cities.