We can't get employees out of the office. Not for vacation, not for the flu.

A new poll finds that 51 percent of American workers in food service report coming into work sick occasionally. The survey of 1,200 food service employees was commissioned by Alchemy, an international food service consulting firm. It included employees in all domains of food production and delivery, from farm workers to restaurant and grocery store employees.

The survey showed that there are far more sick workers on the job than employers believe. When asked what percentage of employees forgo sick days, the average employer estimate was only 18 percent.

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