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No Fear No Favour

70% of UK workers still go to work even when they are ill.What’s your excuse ?

In a job, employees are entitled to take sick leaves.

But a new research suggests that millions of people in UK have gone to work when they were ill instead of taking the day off, as they have lot of burden on their shoulders.As more than 40

As more than 40 per cent of those surveyed said they were afraid that work would pile up if they were to stay off sick, even though Aviva said that employees who continue to work while feeling unwell are likely to be less productive and could also affect the health of their colleagues.

The report also shows that seven out of 10 employees in private firms – the equivalent of 18 million nationally – have at some point come into the office despite being unwell. More than two in five of 2,000 employees surveyed for the report said that they feel their employer prioritizes the performance of the company over the workforce’s health and wellbeing.

Dr Doug Wright, medical director at Aviva UK Health, said having employees who are unwell at work is a “false economy”.

“Businesses need to ensure they create a working culture whereby people do not feel pressurized into coming to work when they are unwell, safe in the knowledge their absence can be effectively managed,” he said.

Last year, the number of sick days taken annually by British employees fell to its lowest level since records began almost 25 years ago.

Workers in 2016 took an average of just 4.3 days off work because of illness, down from the 7.2 chalked up in 1993, according to the Office for National Statistics.

In total, around 137 million working days were lost from injuries and illnesses last year – down from a peak of 185 million in 1999, despite an increase in the number of people in the workforce since then

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