To prevent an illness from spreading around the workplace, some employers will send their sick staff members home and replace them with healthy versions. New research suggests this practice does the opposite of what’s intended, causing the disease to spread even more rapidly.
In Canada and elsewhere, it’s common practice for employers to demand a doctor’s note when calling in sick. But as this letter from a doctor in Calgary so eloquently points out, it’s not just a headache for employees — it’s also a burden on the system.
We've all been there. We head to work even though we're under the weather. It's such a big problem that it's gotten a name — "presenteeism" — and it's costing companies billions of dollars. Here's why you should just stay home when you're ill, and why it's in your boss's best interest.