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Study: Most Americans feel ‘pressure’ to work sick

November 11, 2019

It won’t be any surprise to most working stiffs that, no matter how Americans feel on a given day—from hale and hearty to feverish and weak—most will give in to the pressure to show up at the job site.

Indeed, SWNS Digital reports, if you dread taking a sick day, you are far from alone.

Nearly four in five Americans—78%—give in to management expectations “to power through an illness” at the workplace, based on findings of a survey of 2,000 adults (1,930 of them, employed) conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Robitussin.

Compare that with the four in ten Americans (41%) who would prefer to take on extra work than to deal with a sick co-worker. In fact, 83% say they are annoyed if somebody shows up at the office with a cough. However, fully 69% said a bad cough is not a valid reason to take a sick day—and one in three said his or her boss would agree.

Finally, more than one-third of respondents said they actually would be willing to give up vacation time (37%) or social media (36%) for an entire year, if it meant the promise of 12 months without a cough or a cold.

Research contact: @SWNS