WINNIPEG – The coming winter months will see a lot of people calling in sick to work but what about your coworkers who show up when they should stay home in bed?
Paul Therrien, VP at human resources firm Legacy Bowes tells 680 CJOB there are a few reasons why people do that.
“I don’t want to be blamed for other people doing more work or doing my work and I don’t want to feel embarassed,” says Therrien. “People are still showing up, probably out of that sense of guilt of not being there.”
Therrien adds those people can spread their illness and they often work slower when they’re sick.
In fact, Therrien says Stats Canada has found that more productivity is lost in the long run because of sick employees coming into the office rather than from people calling in sick.
So what about employees who call in sick when they really aren’t?
Therrien says the employer will eventually notice and take action.
“You see a pattern over time so it’s not an instant observation. You have to collect the data,” says Therrien.