When you’re not feeling well, do you force yourself to go into work and carry on or do you have no problem picking up the phone to tell them you’re staying home? New research shows nearly half of Americans feel bad calling in sick, while about a third (32%) don’t feel bad about it at all. Some are likely to call the minute they feel symptoms coming on (36%) and chances are, they’re on the younger side.
A new survey of 2-thousand U.S. adults also finds:
- Gen Z (36%) and millennials (45%) are the generations most likely to call in sick to work, while Gen Xers and baby boomers are more willing to work through their sickness.
- More than a third (41%) of Americans won’t even use a sick day if they’re really ill.
- Around a third (35%) of respondents admit they complain a lot when they’re sick, but 45% say they don’t complain much.
- The pandemic seems to have changed the way people deal with their health, as 32% say they were proactive pre-pandemic - treating symptoms as they pop up, instead of waiting to get sick - and 43% say they’re more proactive about their health now.
- While 64% are now more likely to cancel plans if they feel themselves getting sick than before the pandemic, 60% feel bad about canceling plans.
- Nearly three-quarters (74%) say that as soon as they have the first symptom, they’ll do everything in their power to prevent getting sick.
- Since the start of the pandemic, 71% say they’ve been self-conscious when they cough or sneeze in public and as a result, 61% will do pretty much anything to avoid coughing or sneezing in public.
Source: Study Finds