Over half of people living in Britain are so scared of losing their job that they are risking their health by working through illness. This is according to those surveyed as part of Simplyhealth's Bothered Britain that investigates how attitudes and behaviour have changed towards health-related issues.
People are worrying about their job security. 43% of people in Britain have not taken any days off in the last 12 months, an increase of 20% from 2008, when it was just 36%.
Raman Sankaran from Simplyhealth says, "Today's competitive and pressured working environment means that some people find it difficult to speak up about an illness or take time off. However, employees should not be made to feel that they have to put their health at risk to save their job. A healthy employee is a more productive employee, and it's important that companies do everything they can to help support employees to good health. One in five people feel they are not believed when calling in sick, unless their illness has been witness by their employer."
People think they are doing what is best by continuing to struggle on with work when they are unwell, but they do not realise they are actually doing more harm than good. Working through illness weakens the immune system, delaying the recovery process and leaving you feeling lethargic and unwell for several weeks, rather than the few days it would take if rest were taken at the first sign of symptoms. Aside from the slow recovery process, people are also spreading their germs by coming into work and risking the health of their colleagues.
Private medical insurance: News update: 21/09/2009