Did you take sick this winter, but trudge into the office anyway?
Bad, bad you -- but you're hardly alone in carrying your illness into work, according to a survey of 658 people on the subject.
More than three-quarters, 77 percent, said they had reported to work while sick -- with more than a third (34 percent) saying they did so because their heavy workload wouldn't allow otherwise. Another 26 percent said they went in ill because it felt too "risky" in the current era of general economic unease to not show up. Seventeen percent said they went to work ill because they needed to save sick days for their children.
Only 23 percent said their health comes first.
"Employees' health continues to take a backseat as they succumb to the demands of work and caregiving," said Richard A. Chaifetz, chairman and CEO of ComPsych Corp., a privately held employee-assistance firm based in Chicago.
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