- Everyone should take sick days when they need them but the reality is a lot of people choose to continue working, especially when they work from home.
- While you may be afraid to fall behind in work, not taking a sick day may prolong the sickness, be less productive, and can put your coworker’s health at risk too.
- The best thing you can do to help you recover from illness is to take a sick day and rest.
No one wants to get sick but it does happen. While it may seem like a no-brainer to call in sick to work when you’re actually sick, studies show a lot of people choose to work through it. And with more people working from home, taking a sick day often feels unnecessary. After all, you can work from the computer while you rest on the couch or in bed, right?
If this is your way of thinking, it may be time to reassess your mindset. Taking a sick day is a lot more important than you may think, even when you work from home. Follow along as we find out why people choose to work when sick, plus why it’s important to actually use those sick days.
Why Do People Work When Sick?
While you may hope everyone would take a sick day when they’re actually sick, the reality is a lot of people choose to continue working. But why is this the case?
According to Healthline, a recent study revealed that 25-percent of U.S. workers said their bosses expect them to work no matter what. The results also found that 42-percent of workers don’t take sick days because of deadlines and they’re afraid of falling behind. Another 37-percent reported they work when sick because they can’t afford to take time off.
The reality is, taking sick days has tons of benefits for you and your co-workers. Let’s take a look at what they are next.