'Presenteeism' can be just as harmful to a company as absenteeism when illness is involved. A study by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases found that only 64 percent of people feel their company encourages them to stay home if they are sick, down from 75 percent in December 2004. Reasons workers come into work despite feeling ill vary. Forty-eight percent feel guilty, 60 percent are concerned about completing their work, 25 percent say they don't get paid for sick days, and 24 percent say they receive little or no sick time.
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