Sick to work: Admirable sense of duty or just a big mistake?
There are many people who go to work for a variety of reasons. A representative survey was now trying to answer the question of how many Germans sometimes go to work with an illness. The results were clear: 46 percent of those surveyed reported that they had not stayed at home consistently in the past twelve months, even though they had an illness or at least felt sick.
The market research company GfK has now carried out a survey which should clarify whether people in Germany often go to work sick. The experts found that going to work despite an illness is unfortunately quite widespread. Over the past 12 months, 46 percent of people surveyed have not always seen a doctor when they should be staying at home because of an illness. It was also found that going to work sick is more common among women than men. About 50 percent of the women interviewed went to work sick. The determined rate was somewhat lower among the participating men, it was 43 percent.
Survey includes 600 participants
The well-known market research company GfK surveyed around 600 working people at the beginning of August. The survey dealt with the issue of whether people go to their work place sick. The results clearly show that many working people go to work even if, from a medical point of view, there is actually a case of illness that should better be cured at home. The experts were also interested in how many days the respondents had gone to work in the past twelve months even though they were actually sick.
How often were the respondents sick during their work in one year?
The results of the survey show that around a third of the people taking part had never felt sick in the past year. But there were also enough people who had gone to work several times. Every tenth participant in the survey went to work for one to three days with impaired health. There were another ten percent of people who went to work sick four to five days a year. 13 percent of respondents went to work six to ten days despite an illness. A further twelve percent of the people in the survey also stated that they had gone to work sick for more than ten days despite feeling unwell.
One in five participants always stayed at home when they were sick
Last but not least, it is also interesting to know how many people consistently stayed at home when they felt they were sick. According to the dpa news agency, the researchers found that around one in five respondents always stayed at home in an exemplary manner with an illness.
If people go to work sick, it hurts the company considerably
If people go to work sick, this can lead to negative health effects for the person concerned and for the rest of the workforce. In other words: sick employees damage their company considerably, even if they actually want to do their job with care despite their illness.
A few years ago, another study had found that sick employees at work cost twice as much as employees who stay at home with an illness. Because people who go to work sick make statistically verifiable more mistakes and, in addition, they only perform less work. In addition, colleagues may be infected who then fail at work and there are additional costs for the company. When people go to work sick, they also increase their risk of developing burnout syndrome at a later time. Proper treatment of an illness and subsequent recovery is very important for workers and their colleagues. (as)