Why Your Employees Come To Work Even When They’re Sick?

Did you know? Many of your employees come to work even when they are sick. This is true, but not in the case of the freshers you have in your organization. Most of your young employees are not much afraid of deadlines and targets, especially when they are really sick, whereas, the experienced and middle-aged employees think ten times before they take a leave.
Why is this so?

The main reason why the employees come to work when sick is ‘Presenteeism’. A good way to describe presenteeism is being present at the workplace but not being productive due to an illness, lack of motivation, or work overload. Presenteeism can cause a large variety of work related issues.

It is the practice of being present at one’s place of work, especially as a manifestation of insecurity about one’s job.

In my experience, the strongest reason of presenteeism is the severity of the organizational policies to monitor or reduce staff absences. Presenteeism can be blamed for inspiring your employees to go to work that day when they have a high fever, headache or stomach flu.


Your employees are good in managing their leaves, trust me. They just want to save their leaves for future plans. They won’t compromise on their leaves when they have some leaves planned in near future.

Do you know more reasons why your employees come to work even when they’re sick? If yes, then please share them in our comment box.

Keep in mind that presenteeism is neither good for your employees nor for your organization. Even though your employees will be present at the office, they will not be productive. Moreover, having a sick employee in the office, can put others’ health at risk.


The major problem of having a sick employee in office is that it will cost the same amount as it does for those who are working at their optimal level. Cost is the same while the output of work would be very less from a sick employee.


  • Firstly, allow your employees to take leaves when they call in sick, encourage them to carry over their unused leaves.
  • Allow your employees to work from home, it will keep your employees working but in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
  • Offer them with paid leaves, it will be up to your employees when to use it.

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  1. June 16, 2017

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