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Study Says People Come to Work Sick Because of Pressure

Savvy stats that show 34 percent of you are too busy to miss work when you're sick and 22 percent of you are just too stubborn to stay home, go right along with a national study where half the people reported they go to work when they're sick.

A new poll conducted by NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health looks at the reasons why people go to work when they don't feel well. The main causes include the fact most workers don't have paid sick leave or that they feel pressure from their employer to be present no matter how they feel. Robert Blendon, of the Harvard School of Public Health, says:

The fact that so many people feel they can't stay at home for economic reasons is not the best way to go in terms of the best health of families. You want them to feel that if they're sick, the best option is to stay home without serious financial penalties.

Does your work offer paid sick leave or are you penalized financially when you call in with the flu and have to risk spreading your germs around?


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