Every second employee goes to work sick – with consequences

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From: Andrea Stettner

Those who are sick should better stay at home – for the sake of their own health. © Patrick Pleul / dpa

Especially during Corona times, sick employees with coughs, runny nose & Co. should prefer to stay at home. Nevertheless, every second person drags himself to work, as a study shows.

In autumn and winter, cases of illness traditionally skyrocket. No wonder, after all, cold and flu viruses are high season in the cold season. But instead of yourself to report sick to the employer* and to cure the infection at home, an alarming number of employees still drag themselves to the workplace. A new study by the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) brought this to light.

Sick at work: Women in particular tend to be presenter

Accordingly, 51 percent of the employees surveyed gave going to work sick sometimes, often, or very often. This phenomenon is called Presenteeism. According to TK, women in particular are affected (56 percent compared to 47 percent for men), but also people who have a high workload and tend to work overtime.

Companies shouldn’t just keep an eye on employee absenteeism

Sick employees in companies – this is not only a bad idea during the corona pandemic. “If employees work despite illness, it cannot only be done for themselves have negative consequences, but also for the company, ”explains TK boss Jens Baas. Because sick employees often infect their colleagues or superiors. They can also make mistakes which, depending on the work area, can have serious consequences. He therefore appeals to companies not only to pay attention to absenteeism, but also to keep an eye on presenterism.

Also read: Five leadership mistakes that drive employees to quit.

About the study

The study “How’s work? What moves and burdens employees in Germany “11,199 employees from 43 organizations took part in the years 2018 to 2021. The majority of the respondents come from commercial enterprises (84 percent), the other part is employed in public institutions (16 percent). (as) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.


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