The results of a survey all across the country showed that over 50 percent of US workers still go to work, even when sick.
The reason why they do this is simple enough. If they don’t report to work, they will not be paid for those days. Thus it becomes very expensive to be sick. Another reason, as the survey shows is the fact that the sick employees still show up to perform their daily duties as they refuse to pass the heavy load to their co-workers. Lesser staff means the remaining ones need to cover more ground.
Another important thing that the alarming study has revealed is the fact that the workers are aware that they are doing a bad thing. And, also, that they are, of course, endangering the customers. But not being paid for sick days alongside a keen feeling of loyalty to their trade and colleagues makes them impervious to collateral damage.
Scientists show that a number of serious diseases, such as salmonella and hepatitis can easily be passed on via food. And nobody comes to a restaurant for an order of fries with a side of viruses.
The whole situation sparks up two problems. The first one is the fact that food workers need to have better wages. It is a very well-known fact that, weirdly enough, the people who handle our food receive some of the lowest wages in the charts. Also, that they live on tips rather than on their contractual remuneration.
By means of logic, should they receive a more decent salary, perhaps they would consider staying at home, in bed, instead of spreading salmonella on your Cajun Chicken. Also, should the restaurant system benefit from some sort of back-up program, they might not think it the end of the world for their colleagues if they missed a shift.
The second problem that arises is the fact that this is a serious legislature issue. Food workers should clearly have, like other categories of employees, paid sick days. This might be the long-term solution to a crisis that seems to grow larger and larger, as this particular study shows.
In numbers, 1200 food workers were questioned, out of which 51 percent admitted to going to work while being sick, 46 percent spoke about the responsibility they feel for their colleagues and only a worrying 5 percent stated they would never attend work when infected with something contagious. The results are devastating, but solutions exist.
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