RIVERWOODS, Ill. – Are you the kind of employee who drags yourself to work no matter how lousy you're feeling?
A survey by tax and business law information and software provider CCH says 56 percent of employers now report that "presenteeism," when sick employees show up for work, is a problem for them.
Just 39 percent said that in a survey two years ago.
CCH says sick people reporting for work not only have a lower rate of productivity, but they pass their illness around to other workers and customers.
The survey also finds that more employers are taking steps to help overcome the rise in presenteeism. Sixty-two percent with presenteeism problems say they send sick employees home while another 46 percent educate employees on the importance of staying home when they are sick.