ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – A new study has found that 25 percent of American workers always go to work while sick.

The study, conducted by public health company NSF International, also found that one-third of Americans admit to waiting until their symptoms are full blown until deciding to stay at home.   

“Only 16 percent of workers felt that colleagues who came to work sick were selfish and didn’t care about the well-being of their co-workers, and 13 percent believed co-workers come to work sick because they don’t trust their colleagues to do the job while they are out,” NSF said in a statement according to CBS News.

Currently there are no federal requirements for employers to provide paid sick leave despite workers’  advocates scrutinizing people who work while sick.

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, nearly 40 million U.S. workers lack paid sick leave and that almost one-quarter of adults have either lost a job or been threatened with firing for taking days off to deal to with an illness or sick dependent.  

Nearly 42 percent of American workers did cite that the biggest reason why they insist on attending work while sick is their fear of missing deadlines.  Thirty-seven percent of Americans cited that financial issues or lost wages were the second most common reason for them working while sick. 

The study also found that nearly one-quarter of respondents said that their bosses expected them to work while they were sick while 57 percent said they would tell a colleague to go home if she or he turned up sick. 


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