Hi guys. Today’s post is going to be short and sweet because I’m sick as a dog! I’ve been under the weather for over a week now and it totally suuuuucks. The roller coaster winter weather changes and blasted germs in the air knocked me out cold. Anyway, all this wallowing in my misery and dreaming of getting back to normal again got me thinking about the cost of being sick on businesses and productivity.
Here are some interesting statistics I found from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on the changes in the hourly cost of paid sick leave benefits, along with vacations and holidays for private sector employers in 1992 versus 2012. The changes in paid sick leave aren’t super dramatic, but you can see the costs per hour for large businesses is more than double that of small companies.
With increasing costs, it’s no wonder that the sick leave benefits for employees have shrunk over time, but at least paid vacation benefits have risen. In my own career, my benefits have followed these trends as well.
We all know that employers are passing more and more of health insurance costs to us. But at least there are new laws and initiatives like Healthcare.gov to help protect employees and try to make health insurance more affordable.
All I know is when you’re sick, nothing matters except the desire of being back to normal again. Right now my body feels like a lifeless blob of melting jello that aches all over. I have to rest about every ten words I type, even the smallest things feel exhausting.
But fortunately I have faith that this awful sickness is only temporary. And it reminds me to be thankful for things we often take advantage of when we’re healthy and running around at 100 miles an hour. When you’re running on empty like me, the simple things can mean so much.
Thank goodness for:
Paid sick leave
Being able to work remotely
Reusable ice packs
Having loved ones take care of you
Sleeping through the night
Being able to breathe through your nose
Watching TV to distract your brain from the pain
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