A new survey shows almost 90% of employees come to work even when they know they are sick.
Staples, the office supply company, commissioned the survey. Last year, 80% of workers said they go to work sick. Just a few years ago, the number was 60%.
Workers, according to the survey, said they thought staying away for three days when sick with the flu was appropriate. Most, however, said they stay out for less than two days; even though it means putting coworkers at risk. 45% said they return to work early because they don’t want to fall behind on their workload.
-49% percent of respondents understand they are contagious with the flu virus for one day before symptoms develop and from five-to-seven days after becoming sick, an improvement from 38% last year.
-57% know that flu viruses can live on a hard surface up to three days, a slight increase from last year; however, 66% of employees still only clean their desks once a week or less, up from 51% last year.
-76% of workers correctly identified the break room as the least clean spot in the office, a sharp increase from 26% last year.
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