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Why are so many workers hesitant to file sick leave?

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Nearly half have worked when sick (46%) when they probably shouldn’t have, found the survey of 1,500 adults in the United States who are full-time office or knowledge workers.

“This may be due to a lack of adequate paid sick leave. In 2022, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported that 77% of private industry workers have access to paid sick leave — leaving close to one-quarter of workers without any paid sick time,” said BambooHR.

Some workers (64%) are so scared of calling in sick that they experienced negative emotions when calling out of work. They felt stressed (40%), anxious (39%), guilty (35%) and fearful (17%).

Half of workers (50%) said they only experience negative emotions when requesting sick time.

“The remote situation post-COVID-19 has made [managing sick leave policies] worse,” said Anita Grantham, BambooHR’s Head of HR. “You can be at home and still be on work calls. But working when ill doesn’t serve the person, the company, or the customer.”

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