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Employees often ignore sickness

Published: September 23, 2016

A new study has revealed many employees head into work even when they feel under the weather.

The survey from job site CV-Library found 67.5 per cent of people go into work despite feeling unwell, with 68.3 per cent admitting they feel guilty if they do call in sick.

A total of 1,300 British workers were involved in the research, which concluded the average employee takes between one and two sick days per year.

Of those who did go into work when sick, the majority said they were, unsurprisingly, less productive but they felt under pressure.

Even if they did take a day off, 52.9 per cent claimed their managers still contacted them and encouraged them to return to work quickly.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, explained it was important for employers to ensure good practice in the workplace to maintain staff productivity and wellbeing.

He added: “Breeding a culture that encourages people to come to work when sick is not beneficial to employees or businesses and if workers are clearly ill, they should be advised to go home and recover. This means that they can then return to work, happy, engaged and ready to make a valuable contribution to the business.”

Mitrefinch offer a range of solutions to help track employees’ sickness and working patterns.

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