Many employees still go to work when they’re sick

Staples survey finds 60% of employees still go to work when sick.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s something you’ve probably seen before; a co-worker coughing, sneezing, or getting sick at work.

A recent survey by the office supply chain Staples found 60% of people say they still go to work, even when they’re sick. Surprisingly, that’s actually down from last year when 90% of people surveyed said they went to work sick.

People told 22News that they try not to spread germs, but they can’t afford to miss work. “Well if I have a fever or if I’m very sick, I’ll stay home, but if I just have a little cold, then I’ll go to work because colds can last a while, a few weeks. And I can’t stay home for a few weeks,” said Adrienne Latham, of West Springfield

Financial reasons do keep some people from taking a sick day, although about four in 10 American workers do not have paid sick time.

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