If you've ever gone to work sick, a recent study commissioned by Cintas
Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) shows that you're not alone. The survey,
conducted online in November 2012 by Harris Interactive among 2,249 U.S.
adults ages 18 and older, revealed that 84 percent of employed adults
admit to having ever gone to work while sick. However, of those workers,
almost half (45 percent) take no precautions to avoid direct contact
with others in the form of shaking hands, fist bumps, etc. Forty-five
percent of employed adults who have ever gone to work sick also refrain
from warning others of their illness.
"Workplaces can quickly become breeding grounds for bacteria when
workers engage in presenteeism, or attending work while sick," said John
Amann, Vice President, First Aid & Safety, Cintas. "Since presenteeism
reduces business productivity, it's important for people to take the
proper steps to protect themselves and others, like avoiding contact and
warning co-workers of their illness."
According to the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. population
suffers 1 billion colds each year. Colds and other contagious viruses
have the ability to affect the workplace. Although not all employed
adults avoid direct contact or warn others when they are sick, the
report found that almost all employed adults who have ever gone to work
sick do something to protect others. When asked which precautions
they take to alleviate their own symptoms and avoid infecting others in
the workplace, employed U.S. adults who have ever gone to work sick
? I regularly wash my hands/use hand sanitizer
? I sneeze/cough into my sleeve
? I bring my own medication to work
? I regularly wipe down my workspace
Since the symptoms of illness can affect employees without warning, it's
important for organizations to keep first-aid cabinets on-site and
well-stocked with appropriate products like decongestant, cold relief,
and sore throat relief solutions. These small investments upfront can
reduce the impact of sickness and keep workers healthy and productive.
Individually-sealed, tamper-evident packets of cough drops and
non-drowsy medicine, such as Dayquil and Mucinex, which are offered in
Cintas first-aid cabinets, are ideal to eliminate the risk of workers
taking the incorrect dosage or using sleep-inducing formulas.
"Employers that are proactive about properly maintaining first-aid
cabinets demonstrate that they care about workers' health and wellness,"
Amann added. "By stocking cabinets for cold-weather months, employers
can keep productivity on track, prevent the escalation of sickness, and
reduce OSHA recordable cases."
For more information on first-aid and safety solutions from Cintas,
please visit www.cintas.com/firstaidsafety.
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris
Interactive on behalf of Cintas from November 27-29, 2012 among 2,249
adults ages 18 and older, of whom, 1,374 are employed and 1,060 have
ever gone to work sick. This online survey is not based on a probability
sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be
calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting
variables, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Cintas Corporation:
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly
specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout
North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate
identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning
and supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, first aid,
safety, fire protection products and services and document management
services for more than 900,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held
company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol
CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.
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