To Be Sick, or Not To Be Sick: That Is the Question

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Beads of a cold sweat are sitting upon your brow, and your head feels like it was decapitated and it is floating above your neck. However, you still managed to make it to work despite how miserable you feel. Does this sound familiar?

 

Well, it might—especially if you work for a privately owned company. According to a recent Institute for Women’s Policy Research report, more than half of all workers in the private sector and in state and local government are not provided with any paid sick leave after a full year of service. The “No Time to be Sick: Why Everyone Suffers When Workers Don’t Have Paid Sick Leave” report reviewed the consequences of this inadequate paid-skill leave coverage. The consequences included workers showing up at work when they are not healthy, spreading colds to other workers, extending their own period of illness and impairing their productivity on the job. But the fact is that not only do sick employees and their co-workers suffer, the overall business may suffer as well.

 

Because more than half of private-sector employees do not receive paid sick leave, many employees simply cannot afford to stay home or do not want to give up a precious vacation day because they’re sick. Therefore, they opt to go to work, put their time in and be paid. Don’t you think that it should be mandated that full-time employees at least get a handful of paid sick days? I do.

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