Driven by a culture of heavy workloads, millions of UK workers have gone to work when they were ill instead of taking the day off, according to a report published by insurance company Aviva.
The report shows that around 7 out of 10 employees in private organisations – the equivalent of 11 million nationally – have at some point come into the office despite feeling unwell. More than 2 in 5 of 2000 employees surveyed said that they felt that their employer prioritises the performance of the Company over the workforce’s health and wellbeing. More than 40% of those surveyed said that they were afraid work would pile up when they were away.
It is reported that last year, the number of sick days taken annually by British employees fell to its lowest ever level since records began almost 25 years ago. Workers in 2016 took an average of just 4.23 days off work because of illness, down from 7.2 in 1993. In total, around 137 million working days were lost from injuries and illnesses in 2016, which is down from a peak of 185 million working days lost in 1999.