End of ‘sickie’ as staff fear for jobs

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sounds Good -

THE sick day is be­com­ing a thing of the past as Kent em­ploy­ees drag them­selves into work.

Nine out of 10 UK work­ers ad­mit to hav­ing con­cerns over their health but say that wor­ries about job se­cu­rity, fi­nance and the de­mands of their em­ploy­ers mean many are work­ing through their ill­ness.

The find­ings of the HSA’s Healthy Work­ing Re­port also re­veal a third of Kent em­ploy­ees have not taken a day off sick in the last year.

Around 93 per cent of work­ers in the county would come into the of­fice with the com­mon cold and about one in seven would still go to work if they were suf­fer­ing from sickness or di­ar­rhoea.

But 81 per cent of peo­ple would stay away from work if they had the flu.

The HSA’s re­search also re­vealed the credit crunch is sway­ing peo­ple’s minds about tak­ing a ‘sickie’ as 42 per cent in­di­cated they would be less likely to take time off from their jobs dur­ing an eco­nomic slow down.

One GP, Dr Ju­lian Spinks, said: “There are times that I’m ad­vis­ing peo­ple to take time off work and they’re re­luc­tant to do that and I am sure that the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion is start­ing to af­fect that.

“Peo­ple are wor­ried about their jobs and they’re ner­vous about tak­ing time off be­cause maybe they will be at risk of los­ing them.”

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