Monster Meter Poll Reveals Nearly 75 Percent of U.S. Workers Go Into Work Sick

Wed May 20, 2009 11:39am EDT

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Online Poll Indicates 38 Percent of Workers Say Work is too Busy to Take a Day
off When Ill; 33 Percent Fear Job Loss if They Take a Sick Day
MAYNARD, Mass.--(Business Wire)--
Despite recent news surrounding the H1N1 (Swine Flu) influenza virus, most
workers in the U.S. are going to work sick. Seventy-one percent of U.S. workers
admit they do show up at work when they are ill, according to a nationwide poll
conducted by that asked its U.S. visitors, "Do you go into work
sick?" is leading global online career and recruitment resource and
flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW). 

Over a one week period beginning May 11 and running through May 18, nearly
12,000 U.S. visitors to participated in the Monster Meter poll. 

"Interestingly, despite news surrounding the recent H1N1 (Swine Flu) influenza
virus, and advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to
avoid the workplace if workers are sick, 71 percent of Monster Meter respondents
admit they do go into work when sick," said Norma Gaffin, director of career
content, "Of those who go to work sick, 33 percent fear losing
their job if they take a sick day, while 38 percent admit their workload is too
busy to take a day off from work even when they are ill." 

Only 19 percent of Monster Meter U.S. respondents admit they stay home from work
when sick in order to rest up and get well. The remaining 10 percent who avoid
the workplace when sick, actually work from home, even though they`re ill. 

Do you go into work sick?

* Yes, work is too busy for me to miss a day: 38%
* Yes, in this economy, I`m afraid I`ll lose my job: 33%
* No, I work from home if I`m sick: 10%
* No, I rest up to get better: 19%

In a recent Career Advice column - the Top 10 Most Annoying Work
Habits- Jen Star of The Jennifer Group, a New York City-based recruiting firm
that specializes in placing and maintaining support staff, looked at 10 surefire
ways to become a workplace annoyance. Going into work sick rated number six on
the top 10 list of most annoying workplace habits. "If you`re unhealthy, stay
home," advises Star. "But it you have the sniffles and must go into work, cover
your mouth and do whatever you can to avoid infecting your co-workers." 

"Whether it`s the sniffles or H1N1 Swine Flu influenza, a recent Associated
Press report addressed the fact that sick or not, many workers cannot afford to
stay home when ill because an estimated 57 million working Americans do not have
paid sick days," Gaffin added. 

Check out the Monster Career Advice site for other tips on Staying Healthy at
Work and continue this discussion on The Blog. 

The Monster Meter is an ongoing series of online polls that gauge users`
opinions on a variety of topics relating to careers, the economy and the
workplace.The results of this Monster Meter are based on 11,920votes cast by U.S. users on the homepage.Only one vote per user is
counted toward the final tabulation. This poll is not scientific and reflects
the opinions of only those Internet users who have chosen to participate.

About Monster Worldwide

Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW), parent company of Monster, the premier
global online employment solution for more than a decade, strives to inspire
people to improve their lives. With a local presence in key markets in North
America, Europe, and Asia, Monster works for everyone by connecting employers
with quality job seekers at all levels and by providing personalized career
advice to consumers globally. Through online media sites and services, Monster
delivers vast, highly targeted audiences to advertisers. Monster Worldwide is a
member of the S&P 500 index. To learn more about Monster's industry-leading
products and services, visit More information about Monster
Worldwide is available at 

Kathy O`Reilly, 978-823-2002 or 978-394-9334

Copyright Business Wire 2009

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