Think NOT showing up for work can hurt your career? Forcing yourself to come to the office when you are not feeling well could be a bigger problem.
Sick workers have become such a problem that there is now a word for it: presenteeism.
A sick worker is more of a liability than an asset. He or she is likely to be less productive than usual. There is also the possibility of an infection spreading to other workers.
Bacterial infections that can be treated with antibiotics are less likely to cause serious problems. Viruses, however, are highly infectious and cannot be treated with anything other than rest and proper care.
Some companies are taking proactive measures, holding meetings to urge employees to stay home when they are sick. This is particularly important for organizations that cater to children or the elderly.
Learn more about presenteeism.