'Presenteeism' Is Not Your Fault: Why Workers Come to Work Sick

February 25, 2016

Twenty-three percent of American workers were laid off during the Great Recession, according to according to data from the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, but 79 percent of workers knew someone who was laid off – a family member, friend, spouse, etc. That’s a whole lot of people who know, firsthand, that there’s no such thing as job security in the 21st century.

In an economic environment like that, it’s no wonder if workers are scared to do anything that might annoy the boss – even if the boss is likely to be more annoyed later on by the fact that the whole team is now down with the flu because no one will stay home.

PayScale Human Capital, Feb. 25

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