End of ‘sickie’ as staff fear for jobs
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.”