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Working Sick: We All Do It

Traci Taylor

Did you catch the Hawk Morning Show on Monday?  If so, you probably know that I gave Glenn masks (as a joke, but not really) to protect himself for all of the times I’m sick.

The fact of the matter is that I don’t take good care of myself when I’m sick and I know it. I don’t allow myself the time to get over being sick, so that sickness stays in my body and teams up with new sickness to really knock me down.

And yet I get back up and go to work. And when I’m not at work, I still find work related things to do from home.  I think there’s such a sense of guilt for not completing tasks when we’re sick that we overdo it.  I know that I do.

We all know how annoying it is when a co-worker comes to work sick and infects the whole office and it’s easy to point fingers at each other, but the truth of the matter is that we all do it.

20 percent of full-time employees say in the last year they’ve called in sick – but ended up working from home. And 30 percent say they go into the office even when they’re sick so that they can save up their sick days to use on days they feel well.

On another note, 30 percent of employers say they notice an increase in sick days around the holidays and 19 percent of employers say that December is the time of year that employees call in sick the most, followed by January and February.

This is usually the time of year I get really sick, followed by my birthday week in February- it’s as though my body knows I want to go out and have fun for my birthday but hates me and decides to shut me down. Every year.

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