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Monster Global Poll Reveals over 76% of Employees Surveyed Work When They are Sick

Fear of job loss and heavy workloads top reasons for working through illness; only 13 % worldwide work from home when ill

MAYNARD, Mass.--(April 7,2010)-- Today has been declared World Health Day by the World Health Organization (WHO), in a global movement dedicated to making cities healthier. And while health organizations worldwide, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here in the US, recommend people stay home and avoid contact with others if sick, a recent global poll conducted by Monster found more than three-quarters of respondents (76%) polled go in to the office or work from home when they are ill, rather than resting at home to recuperate. Of the 33,684 people who responded to the poll from 15 countries worldwide, a striking 28% report to work when they are sick because they are afraid they may lose their job in the current economy.

"Some workers either fear penalties for calling in sick or they cannot afford to stay home when ill because their companies do not have paid sick days" Monster, the leading job matching engine and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW) posed the question, "Do you go to work sick?" resulting in one of the biggest ever responses to its recent online global poll questions. The key findings were:
  • Yes, work is too busy for me to miss a day - 35%
  • Yes, in this economy, I'm afraid I'd lose my job - 28%
  • No, I work from home if I'm sick - 13%
  • No, I rest until I feel better - 24%
Results indicate a large proportion of people prioritize work above their health, with only 24% of workers participating in the poll indicating they take time off to rest in order to get well. With health care reform top of mind at the policy level in the U.S., personal health care is another story, with 32% of American workers citing fear of losing their job as the main reason they go in to work sick. Workers in Finland were the opposite, with slightly more than half (51%) of respondents ensuring they take the time off when sick to feel better.

More than one-third (35%) of respondents worldwide remark they are too busy to miss a day of work and this figure is high across all global regions who participated in the poll. Worldwide, only 12% of workers indicate they work from home if they are sick, which is good news for co-workers.

"Deciding whether to come to work sick or not can be a very emotional issue for some," said Jeff Quinn, Senior Research Director at Monster.com. "People try to balance urgent recommendations from health organizations to limit the spread of H1N1 by staying home, with the fear of risking their job security in this economy. To help alleviate any issues, managers might help their employees better understand that they are expected to stay home when sick. Managers should also follow their own advice and not come in to the office if they're sick themselves."

The Flu.gov web site in the US explains Federal law does not require employers to provide paid leave to employees who miss work because they are sick with the flu, making it very difficult for people to afford to stay home from work when ill. "Some workers either fear penalties for calling in sick or they cannot afford to stay home when ill because their companies do not have paid sick days," Quinn added.

more information on what's being done to improve public health worldwide, check out the World Health Organization website and visit the Monster Resource Center for tips and articles on Staying Healthy at Work.

The results of the current Monster Global Poll are based on votes cast by Monster visitors from: February 1 - 8 2010. Only one vote per user is counted toward the final tabulation. The Monster Global poll, a product of Monster, the leading global online careers website and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide Inc., is a series of online polls that gauge users' opinions on a variety of topics relating to careers, the economy and the workplace. These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinions of only those Internet users who have chosen to participate.

About Monster Worldwide
Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW), parent company of Monster, the premier global online employment solution for more than a decade, strives to inspire people to improve their lives. With a local presence in key markets in North America, Europe, and Asia, Monster works for everyone by connecting employers with quality job seekers at all levels and by providing personalized career advice to consumers globally. Through online media sites and services, Monster delivers vast, highly targeted audiences to advertisers. Monster Worldwide is a member of the S&P 500 index. To learn more about Monster's industry-leading products and services, visit www.monster.com. More information about Monster Worldwide is available at http://about-monster.com

Kathy O'Reilly, 978-823-2002

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