Pharos-Tribune

Business

February 9, 2014

Sick at work? How to balance work and health

HR professional: Balance work and health

It’s flu season. You wake up with puffy eyes and a runny nose.

But you can’t call in sick to work. You’ve got a job to do — or maybe you’re worried your job might not be there once you’re well again.

So what do you do?

Most employees opt to go to work, whether because of their own work ethic, pressure from their managers or fear of job loss during the recent economic downturn. And there can be such a thing as “not sick enough,” according to a local human resources professional.

One survey of more than 6,300 UK professionals published in 2012 found nearly 60 percent had reported going to work when they felt sick during a three-month period. Two-thirds of them told the researchers they were their own pressure to go to work, while a fifth said that pressure came from their managers.

A more recent survey of about 700 office employees and managers in the U.S. conducted by OfficeTeam, an office staffing service, found even more reported frequently working while they felt sick.

According to an OfficeTeam press release, 70 percent of the professionals surveyed said they’d done so frequently, and 65 percent of the managers said they knew their employees came in to work while sick at least somewhat frequently.

Locally, some went to work while sick because recent snow events had already delayed their duties.

“With the amount of time that we’ve had off this year with the holidays and the snow days, there comes a point when you just have to get some things done,” Logansport-Cass County Chamber of Commerce director Megan Paschen said recently. “I don’t feel like I’m sick enough to stay home. I just have the sniffles.”

Others may be worried that too many sick days may translate into losing a job, according to the leader of a local human resources group.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business
  • BIZ-PT042014 Property Values.jpg Coming due: Logansport sees dramatic property tax increase Property owners around Cass County have been getting tax bills in the mail over the last week -- and some have found unexpected increases in their bills. As the May 12 deadline approaches to pay the first half of year 2013 property taxes, Cass County

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Logansport Curves up for sale Logansport's Curves franchise is up for sale, its manager says. Owner Angie Wisler and manager Audrey Eaker, Wisler's daughter, intend to simplify their lives by selling the Logansport franchise as well as their Delphi Curves franchise, Eaker said. T

    April 20, 2014

  • Business news in brief, April 20 O'Brien joins law firm New attorney Jacob O'Brien recently joined the law firm of Starr Austen and Miller as an associate attorney. O'Brien, a 2004 Logansport High School graduate, earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Indiana University Bloom

    April 20, 2014

  • COMMERCE TALK: Spring means activity at chamber Spring is here and we are busy with lots of events at the Chamber of Commerce. New this year, the chamber has partnered with the Cass County Resource Network to offer HYPE (Helping YOU Pursue Excellence) Together classes. These are free or minimal co

    April 20, 2014

  • Consumer Reports: Extended warranties an expensive gamble Looking for an easy way to save hundreds on your next new car and simplify the buying process at the same time? Skip the extended warranty, says Consumer Reports. The dealer will probably try hard to sell you one, telling horror stories about the th

    April 20, 2014

  • SMART MONEY: Charity receiving estate will handle probate DEAR BRUCE: I hope you can help us figure out what to do. I am 76 years old, and my husband is 78. We are thinking about getting a trust to avoid probate when we pass away. We have been to many seminars discussing this matter, and I still don't under

    April 20, 2014

  • BIZ-PT041314 SecFed3.jpg From the inside out: Rebranding transforming Security Federal The rope barriers are gone from Security Federal Savings Bank's downtown offices. Lettering on the floor replaced them, advising bank customers to wait a few feet back from the bank tellers' desks. Each teller's station is flanked by wood panels that

    April 13, 2014 5 Photos

  • Women's boutique open along Eel River A girls' and women's accessories boutique recently opened near the west entrance to the River Bluff Trail in Logansport. Glam Girl Boutique owner Megan Ramirez said she's focusing on selling inexpensive women's accessories and girls' accessories and

    April 13, 2014

  • BIZ-PT041314 Haley Jasmantas.jpg Business news in brief, April 13 Carroll chamber has Business After Hours FLORA -- The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will have a Business After Hours event from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Sycamore Industrial Park located on Ind. 75 just south of Ind. 18 in Flora. Visitors may to

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • ON THE JOB: Keeping a work-life balance Being a working mom with a full-time career sometimes has me in a rut. I have to really focus on balancing work, life, family and, of course, "me" time. This task is a lot harder than I thought it would be when I first became a mom. One of my favorit

    April 13, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.