Sick? Then Don't Work Says Early Show Doc

Posted on October 18, 2005

CBS News has an article about presenteeism, which is when workers are present when they shouldn't be like when they have the flu.
When employees come down with the flu or other illness and still go to work, it's called "presenteeism," as opposed to "absenteeism," explains The Early Show medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay.

Although it's done out of job dedication in many cases, it really doesn't help to have an employee in the office who is spreading an infection to others, in addition to not being able to work as well due to their own illness.
CBS News cited a survey which found that employers concerned about presenteeism climbed from 39% last year to 48% this year. CBS also said 62% of employers send sick employees back home. One solution to the problem offered in the article is to let the sick employees telecommute.