It's that time of the year, the fine people you work with or around are getting sick. Plus, they are eager to share their germs with you on a regular basis.

Which begs the question: Why do most people continue to go to work even if completely ill?

According to a new poll, there are SIX big reasons why people continue to go to work even after the first signs of being really sick.

  • 28% of people say they're "essential" (inflated ego much?)
  • 18% have too much work to do.
  • 15% don't get paid sick days.
  • 12% don't want to be seen as a SLACKER.
  • 11% are saving their sick days for when their KIDS get sick
  • 8% of people are afraid of being FIRED.

With that being said, you can't control other people but you can shield yourself against their ill-advised choice to come to work and share their germs with you. That holds true in this study because:

  • 79% wash hands after having contact with a sick coworker.
  • 97% wash hands after using the restroom
  • 81% have use a hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes.
  • 84% say easy access to cleaning/sanitizing products is the main reason they use them

These are all good things to know considering, according to the CDC, that last year's flu season was a "nasty" one. They even called it an epidemic, so protect yourself as much as possible and if you even start to feel ill - Begin to medicate and consider time off from work.