Since the start of the pandemic, Nyala Khan, head of human resources at a health startup, has been on a mission to encourage employees to take sick days.
Since the company’s employees are currently working from home, “a lot of people will say, ‘I’m not feeling well, but will work on a few things throughout the day,’ ” says Ms. Khan, head of talent at New York’s Eden Health.
At many companies like Ms. Khan’s, the pandemic and widespread remote work are changing the nature of sick days.
Because people can already work at their own pace, many people aren’t taking sick days at all—they are just plowing ahead with their tasks on a schedule that suits them.
Even when people do take sick days, they are increasingly inclined to work anyway.
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