Majority of UK workforce went to work while unwell in 2017

Our new research, conducted on behalf of Bupa, has found that millions of employees headed into work last year, despite being unwell, feeling pain or suffering from mental illness.

Within the last 12 months, 64% of UK employees have gone into work despite feeling unwell, while 27% have ignored their doctor’s advice to stay at home. The percentage of those working while suffering from musculoskeletal issues, such as back ache, was 34% and 29% endured stress, depression and anxiety while in the workplace.

We found that 20% of employees didn’t take time off due to too much work and 26% didn’t want to burden their team with their absence. Furthermore, 16% of those surveyed were worried people at work wouldn’t believe they were actually sick.

This research has reinforced the view that a present workforce is not necessarily an efficient one, with sick employees delaying their chance of recovery by making themselves go to work.

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