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Survey Finds We Admire Our Co-workers Who Come to Work Sick

You might feel guilty for going to work sick as a dog, but a new survey finds many of your co-workers might be quietly purring over your sense of dedication. They sort of admire you for dragging your sneezy, sorry self to work. You've got a fever, and the only prescription is more financials!

The National Sanitation Foundation survey reveals slightly more than one-quarter (26%) of U.S. workers go to work when they don't feel well. They show up to work sick for all the usual reasons. They're afraid to take time off. They need the money. They fear their workload will only get higher and deeper, and they'll never be able to catch up.

But that's not the shocking part. No, I'll let the press release explain:

One of the more surprising results of the survey concerns how employees feel about co-workers coming into work sick. While 98 percent of Americans surveyed acknowledge that they do judge fellow co-workers who come in sick, their feelings aren’t generally negative. In fact, two-thirds (67 percent) of those surveyed consider sick co-workers to be hard workers, and only 16 percent feel that their colleagues who come to work sick are selfish or don’t care about the well-being of their co-workers.

Far from viewing our colleague as a self-centered contagion, we are thinking: "Wow, well done! What a trooper! You are an example to us all!"


Men are twice as likely to work straight through an illness. In my experience, men are also twice as likely not to visit the doctor.

I still think it's better to stay home if you have a fever, or feel like you won't be able to be productive at all. In fact, the NSF survey finds more than half (57%) of employees would tell a co-worker to go home if it's best they should -- right after these employees stop admiring this sick co-worker's fortitude and perseverance in the face of the common cold, that is! Cough. At least this co-worker checked in first?


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