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Maybe the tale of western frontier legend Typhoid Mary should be required reading for workers who show up at the office when they should be home in bed.

According to an Office Team survey, employees and their managers are fully aware that about 70 percent of sick employees bring their illness to the office rather than staying home and getting well. Especially with flu season upon us, Office Team (and common sense) tells us, such behavior — whatever the motivation — exacts a huge price in terms of lost productivity as these stolid soldiers share their illness with co-workers.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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