A 2012 report from Nuffield Health says economic
fears are forcing one third of staff into work when sick.
The study of 1,600, found that 30 % of workers
are now more inclined to go to work sick as a result of the current economic
climate. Around half of those choosing to turn up for duty while sick said the
most important factor in their decision was job security. 72% went into work in
2011 while sick.53% went into work with a contagious illness such as the flu or
Marcus Powell of Nuffield Health says, ‘Employees
going into work sick costs business dearly - up to £15billion a year. This is
bad for business. The corporate world knows that staff wellbeing directly
affects their profits.”
The age group most likely to go into work sick
are those between 16 and 24 – 85 % went into work sick and 48 were more likely
to go into work sick because of the economic downturn.
The income group most likely to go into work sick
is those earning below £20,000 followed by those earning between £21,000 and
£30,000 and those earning between £31,000 and £50,000.
Dr Andy Jones at Nuffield Health says, “
Effective health and wellbeing is about helping people to make the choices to
stay physically and mentally fit. Presenteeism means those who are ill go into
work sick, possibly infecting others. Any doctor would advise workers to stay
at home and rest if they are unwell.”
slightly more likely than men to go into work sick, while those sectors feeling
the most pressure to go into work sick are the retail industry, followed by
manufacturing and then education.
Income protection insurance news: 21 January 2012