How Likely Are You to Get the Flu from Work?

Staples annual Flu Survey indicates that the workplace isn’t helping keep employees from getting sick.

The office supply company surveyed 1,500 office workers in the U.S. for its Sixth Annual Flu Survey, finding that employees are largely responsible for getting each other sick.

Staples found that 44 percent of employees caught the flu during the previous influenza season. Nearly half of these workers reported that a colleague caused the infection. Furthermore, 53 percent of workers said they do not usually get a flu shot.

Out of the workers who contracted influenza, employees took an average number of 2.7 days to fight the infection. However, you can still pass along the virus for up to a week after you get sick.

Also, 53 percent of employees who became sick reported that they went back to work before they actually felt better. This significantly increases the odds of spreading the virus to others.

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