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More employers are telling sick workers to stay home

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The problem of presenteeism, when employees come to work even though they're sick, is an increasing concern for U.S. employers, according to a new CCH survey. Nearly half (48 percent) of the 323 HR execs surveyed said presenteeism is a problem in their organizations, up from 39 percent last year. (Read the survey at

Employees aren't as productive when sick, and they spread their disease at work. To reduce presenteeism, 62 percent of employers say they send sick employees home.

Advice: If you're serious about keeping sick employees home, educate them about when to stay home and when it's safe to come to work.

Online resource: Point employees to the new FluCentral Web site, which offers a nationwide "flu-shot locator" that allows people to search for dates and locations of vaccinations within their ZIP codes. Go to

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