Survey Highlights Damage Done by One in Three Brits Going Into Work When Sick

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18th January 2012 17:16 - Health

Market research conducted on 1,600 Britons by the Nuffield Health charity has discovered that one third of UK employees soldier into work despite being sick - for fear of losing their job.

This figure of cold-ridden workers is attributed to the current poor state of the economy – with large scale unemployment due to less jobs on the market, the high number of applicants competing for work means that employers can have their pick of enthusiastic new staff if their current employees call in sick too much.

The Wellbeing at Work survey further found that staff aged 16 to 24 were most likely to battle through their illness to make it into work, especially if they have a job in retail.

It also revealed that the group of workers most likely to go into work while sick is those earning below £20,000, followed by those earning between £21,000 and £30,000 and those who earn a salary that falls between £31,000 and £50,000.

Managing Director of Corporate and Community Fitness at Nuffield Health, Marcus Powell, commented on the results: “Employees going into work sick costs business dearly – up to £15 billion a year. The corporate world knows that staff wellbeing directly affects profits. That is why more and more organisations are providing good clinical and fitness experts for their workers.”

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