Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Mark My WordSpy...

I hate people who come to work sick....

mucus trooper - (MYOO.kus troo.pur) n. An employee with a cold or the flu who insists on showing up for work. see also—mucus troop v.
Mucus troopers and trooping are a sign of a national problem, presentee-ism:

presenteeism (prez.un.TEE.iz.um) n. The feeling that one must show up for work even if one is too sick, stressed, or distracted to be productive; the feeling that one needs to work extra hours even if one has no extra work to do. see also —presentee n.

Presenteeism is the exact opposite of absenteeism but is just as bad for morale and productivity: being at work when you should be at home, either because you are ill or because you are working such long hours that you are no longer effective.

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