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Most Americans consider showing up to work when sick

December 16, 2010
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PARSIPPANY, NJ — It''s going to take more than a cold or a flu to get between most Americans and their jobs this cold and flu season, according to a press release.
A national telephone survey conducted by HALLS®, America''s number one selling cough drop, found that most working Americans won''t sacrifice a sick day this year for most cold and flu symptoms, including a cough, sore throat, body aches and sinus headache, the release noted.
Nearly half of Americans, 44 percent, would consider going to work with a fever, while about a third of Americans, 32 percent, said they would show up to work no matter how sick they get this season, the release stated.
According to the release, the results aren''t all that surprising based on the country''s current economic conditions: With an unemployment rate upwards of nine percent this October, according to the latest from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the survey revealed that one in five Americans, 19 percent, feel pressure by their boss or supervisor to head into work when they''re sick.
"While HALLS doesn''t condone anyone going to work when they''re sick, it''s clear that many Americans plan to defy the advice of most experts and try to fight through this cold and flu season at work," said Sebastian Genesio, marketing director at HALLS.
"Since we know that the economic climate has made an impact on the workplace, we conducted the survey to specifically see how Americans are affected by common cold and flu symptoms when it comes to work, and to identify any concerns they have about taking time off when they''re sick," Genesio added.
Click here to read the complete release.
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