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Poll: Are you pressured to work when you're sick?

When many IT pros become ill, they fell compelled to go in to work. A 2008 poll of over 3,500 TechRepublic members found that 43 percent of respondents felt "extreme pressure" to go in to work when they were sick. Are you pressured to work when you're sick?

In a recent IT Dojo video, I share common-sense tips IT pros should use every day to stay healthy at work. Unfortunately when many IT pros become ill, they fell compelled to go in to work. A 2008 poll of over 3,500 TechRepublic members found that 43 percent of respondents felt "extreme pressure" to go in to work when they were sick.

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5 comments
NickNielsen
NickNielsen

My primary customer is a chain of grocery stores. The last thing they want is one of their support techs (or employees, for that matter) infecting their customers with the virus du jour. The encouragement on the part of my employer is verbal only. Sick days are considered PTO and counted accordingly.

mjd420nova
mjd420nova

My boss understands the need for me to stay home when I'm not feeling well enough to work. I however pressure myself more because I have made plans and know that their completion means much more to my clients than the care that would be taken by my replacement. Even if it's just for one day, which it seldom is, I feel guilty for anything that may go wrong during my absence. I am allowed up to twenty days a year for sick time but seldom take more than three in any year so my boss knows that if I call in sick that I'm not going fishing or running off to a baseball game.

brent.young
brent.young

Hopefully the swine flu has encouraged businesses to allow people to stay home when they are sick so they don't infect the entire office and everyone's productivity falls.

egarnerit
egarnerit

Yes, I feel quite a bit of pressure, but it is self imposed. I feel a great deal of loyalty and obligation to my employer and my end users and I want to be there for them when they need help. They are my customers and if they cannot work, the company cannot make money. My job is to enable them to do theirs and I cannot do that in I am home and in bed.

Forum Surfer
Forum Surfer

I'm in the (as of now) 12 percentile...amazing. Yet another reason I refuse to leave my moderately well paid job for a more stressful higher paying job. I love a challenge as much as the next person and I get plenty of them. That being said, it is nice to work 40 hours a week and have mostly every weekend off. I wouldn't trade it for the world, especially since I'm leaving now and off to coach t ball.

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