Weekly Poll: Working when ill

By: January 3rd, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

A survey done by Halls (the cough drop maker) found that economic considerations played a significant role with U.S. workers when deciding to call in sick. As a healthcare worker, does your wallet speak as forcefully as your vital signs when deciding to report to work? Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.

After taking the survey, click here for results.


More factors go into decisions regarding call-ins to work than personal economics. Some decide about their call-in depending upon the ‘type’ of sickness and severity, their proximity to coworkers or the public. Some people don’t call in because it will increase the workload for their coworkers when they are left short-handed.

By Vern Joslin on January 3rd, 2011 at 1:25 pm

For many of us it isn’t so much a financial issue but an unscheduled day or two off can cause some real headaches when you get back. If it’s not severe I’ll probably be at work.

By mary caruso on January 5th, 2011 at 10:49 am

Also to be taken into consideration is the fact that some facilities limit the number of times you can call out sick before they begin counselling. As a former employee health nurse, I ran into this issue toward the end of the year, when employees would say they would rather work sick than be reprimanded for taking the time off.

Being a Home Health nurse I would risk my debilitated patient’s. Some viruses could put them back in the hospital. I encourage all of them to take seasonal flu vaccine and pneumovax, teach how to avoid infection, good handwashing. It wouldn’t be very kind or moral to make them sick when I can prevent it.

I work for a facility that has a policy of putting a notice in your personnel file if you have more than one instance of sick leave in three months (an instance could be one day or could be three consecutive days)-that keeps me from calling in sick.


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