NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Going to work when you're sick can be hazardous to your career health.
Seven out of every 10 U.S. workers say they show up at the office or worksite under the weather, according to OfficeTeam. The Menlo Park, Calif., staffing services firm surveyed 400 U.S. workers and 300 senior managers and found 43% of employees show up sick at work "very frequently" and 27% say they walk in ill "somewhat frequently."
Only 13% of workers say they "never" show up for work feeling sick.
Employees may feel like they're heroes by showing up sick, but management may not even realize they're doing it. According to OfficeTeam, only 12% of managers were aware of the sacrifice.
"Many professionals fear falling behind or feel that they can't afford to take a sick day, so they head into work when they are under the weather," says Robert Hosking, an executive director of OfficeTeam.
But that's actually a disservice to the employee, and to other workers.
A 2009 Netherlands study took a deeper look into the issue, a syndrome called "presenteeism," researchers at Utrecht University say.
"From the time that presenteeism was first identified, scientists viewed it as negative organizational behavior," says the study, Present But Sick: A Three-Wave Study on Job Demands, Presenteeism and Burnout. "Presenteeism is considered as risk behavior for employees themselves, by repeatedly postponing sickness leave that may effectively resolve minor illnesses as more serious illnesses may develop."