Around 50 per cent of workers go to work ill, survey finds

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21st July 2015 17:32 - Health

A recent survey has discovered that nearly 48 per cent of workers in the United Kingdom went to work in the last 12 months, despite being ill.

As well as this, the survey found that 40 per cent of workers have not taken a day off ill in the last year, which is presenting health problems to employees.

The survey of 2,000 full time workers, by One4all Rewards, also found that 23 per cent actively work through lunch breaks, and 1 in 5 usually work during their holidays, which supports the idea of ‘presenteeism’ – the term used to describe being at work for longer than is required.

19 per cent of the respondents said that they regularly answer calls and respond to emails, when they go on annual leave.

Only 17 per cent of the respondents said that they do not find it difficult to ‘switch off’ from their work and relax, although, 22 per cent said that they regularly experience a high level of stress, as a result of their job.

Some participants said that they had been ill as a result of stress, with 11 per cent of people saying that the pressure of their job had caused them to fall ill.

Managing Director of One4all Rewards, Declan Byrne, said of the findings:

“Many workers believe that employers don’t care about their health. 28% of those surveyed said that they feel under pressure from bosses to go into work even when they are ill.

“Therefore, it’s important that businesses take proactive steps to help workers look after their health and wellbeing.

“Those that do are likely to see the results add to their bottom line, with greater productivity, staff retention and the ability to recruit better candidates all shown to be enhanced by company health schemes.”

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