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August 30, 2009

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  1. October 4, 2009 7:56 am

    Any thoughts on how we encourage people to stay home if they are sick even in the hyper-competitive job market in which there is a high prev of job security/productivity concerns?

    • October 14, 2009 8:47 pm

      Mr. McEnvoy:

      The people most likely to have young children, most likely to be dependent on group child care, most likely to suffer from chronic disease, most likely to be obese are those at the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum. While they are suffering from the current economic situation, I would argue that they face threats from not showing up to work every day, so this is no different from every single day of their lives.

      Whenever I spout off on the idea that by just doing a few simple things, they could drastic reduce the spread of disease, my wife yells at me that not everyone has sick days and by my saying that they should just stay home, all I do is make them feel guilty that they can’t.

      Unfortunately, I have no good suggestions for how to fix this situation this flu season. It must be part of a long-term effort to encourage employers to not penalize workers for taking sick time as needed in the context of a larger continuity of operations education effort. In the meantime, that education will have to happen ad hoc.

      The employers have all of the power here; lecturing people who are sick and can’t do anything about it will just lead them to reject further entreaties.

      Thanks for the great question, Mr. McEnvoy.

      Jimmy

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