Far Out Friday: The death of the sickie?

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Far Out Friday: The death of the sickie?

A new report has revealed the demise of the sick day, with 72% of employees heading into work when they are ill, up from 26% in 2010.

The British survey found that the number of workers heading into the office when they feel under the weather has tripled, with 86% of employers also noting that people are working whilst unwell, The Daily Mail reports.

Published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) the study of more than 1,021 organisations, representing 4.6 million workers, also found a high number of staff were willing to work on leave.

Rachel Suff, the study's author, told Sky News that employers need to do more to help their staff.

"In order to encourage a healthy workplace, organisations need to look beyond sickness absence rates alone and develop a solid, evidence-based understanding of the underlying causes of work-related stress and unhealthy behaviour like presenteeism,” Suff said. "Without this evidence base, efforts to support employees and improve their health and well-being will be short-lived."

The survey found that workers feel under pressure to head into work when they don’t feel up to it and mirrors the findings of a similar report published by insurance giant Aviva last month.

The insurer study found that seven out of 10 staff working in private businesses have worked whilst unwell when they could have taken a sick day, whilst three out of four said that they had never thrown a sickie, The Daily Mail said.

The Aviva study, of more than 2,000 employees, said that workers feared work would pile up in their absence, with two in five saying that their employer puts business results ahead of staff health and wellbeing.


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