I have just read an article put out by the Press Association commenting on research carried out by The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
In their research they identified a significant problem with what they refer to as ‘presenteeism’ which they define as staff going in to work even though they are ill.
The study found that workers were more likely to go to the office while sick if long working hours were seen as the norm, or where operational demands took precedence over employee wellbeing.
Almost 60% of organisations reporting an increase in ‘presenteeism’ have not done anything to discourage it, said the report.
The problem was worse in the public sector amid pressure to deliver services in the face of austerity cuts, said the CIPD.
Ben Willmott, head of public policy at the CIPD, said: “This is the fifth year in a row in which employers have reported an increase in employees coming in to work when they are ill”.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said “Companies where workers go to work ill were more likely be hit by stress-related absence among staff or mental health problems.”
To my mind this problem is closely related to another problem that I have highlighted in this blog on numerous occasions. Staff do not take their full vacation entitlement.
People seem to be afraid to take time off work when they are ill or even when they are due their annual vacation. But as the research quoted above shows this can have a long term serious effect on your health and indeed your ability to keep working in the future.
I have previously mentioned the findings of research on missing your vacation. If you missed it you can reads about CLICK HERE
Do NOT fall into either of these traps!
You are not doing yourself, your family or your employer any favours!
All you are doing is building up major problems for the future.
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