CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If you're feeling a little under the weather, you can blame your coworkers, especially if you work in Charlotte.
According to a new survey from Accountemps, 96% of people in Charlotte admit to coming to work sick. That's the highest in the country, tied with Miami, with a whopping 90% of people surveyed nationwide saying they come to the office while sick.
"Whether it's due to large workloads, pressure from the boss or because they can't afford to take time off, it's all too common for employees to come to the office feeling sick when they really should be resting," said Michael Steinitz, senior executive director of Accountemps, a division of Robert Half. "Staying home when you've got a cold or the flu is the best way to avoid spreading germs to others and fight the illness faster."
Steinitz added that bosses should encourage their employees to take time off when they're sick, even if it means bringing in temporary staff to cover for them in their absence.
Most people say it's because they simply have too much work to do or they're afraid of using sick time. Two-thirds of people surveyed in New York said they come to work while ill because of their overwhelming workload.
The online survey was developed by Accountemps and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from 2,800 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments in 28 U.S. cities.