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Sick at work Are you guilty of Presenteeism?

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”.

This is dangerous.No sick days for 15 years

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.

I can’t do anything to help you take time off when you are ill. That is something you will need to do for yourself BUT I can help you to enjoy your vacation.

Through Christian House Sitters we can do the following:

  1. Help you find a reliable Christian to look after your home and any pets while you are away. FREE of Charge
  2. Help you enjoy a RENT-FREE vacation. We have homes available all over the world.

To find out more please visit the website and if you have any questions feel free to use the contact form on the site to contact me personally.

God bless you,

Christian House Sitters is part of the registered charity
TLC Children’s Trust
UK Charity number 1156786


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About housesitters

ABOUT Christian House Sitters Christian House Sitters is a Worldwide ministry that started in order to provide holidays for Christians and sitters for owners who needed a reliable Christian to look after their home, pets and garden. House owners do not pay anything to have their property listed. House sitters are only charged £25 per year and in return for this some enjoy numerous holidays each year. All fees from membership go to sponsor food for children at the Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya. This only supplies about a quarter of what is needed to feed the children so we urgently need sponsors. All funds go via our Registered Charity TLC Children’s Trust Charity Number 1156786 website N.B. Joining Christian House Sitters does NOT commit you to sponsoring a child or giving any support beyond your membership fee to these children. Although naturally if you want to support that would be greatly appreciated. We have some regular sponsors and other people who give an occasional gift. All are greatly appreciated. ABOUT RAY & MARILYN We are Marilyn & Ray White. A fun loving Christian couple who have been in Christian work for over 30 years. Marilyn was born in England but moved to Zimbabwe as a baby. At the age of 16 she moved to South Africa. Ray was born in South Africa and grew up on a farm. We met in Johannesburg and got married in 1966. Ray worked in business for many years then he worked for YfC in South Africa then went on to Bible College and Pastored a church. In 1982 we moved from South Africa to England. In addition to his theological training Ray trained in Psychology and since moving to the UK he has lectured in Psychology, counselled for the NHS and opened a Christian Counselling Centre. Marilyn is also a trained counsellor and manager. In addition to the counselling we trained Christian counsellors both in our local area and by invitation in other areas of the UK. In total over 700 people completed the training courses. Many are serving the Lord by working in or through their local churches. We also ran a secular Stress Management business. We are now semi-retired and focus our time and attention on Christian House Sitters and Ray also serves as a member of our Church Leadership Team. Ray also has an active preaching ministry and runs Christian seminars on subjects such as stress management for church groups. He has written two books. A Christian book that is a very practical workbook on Christian commitment as applied to real life. The book looks at how we can surrender ourselves more fully to God. This is looked at under the headings of Physical, Mental, Social and Spiritual commitment. The book is called Let’s Get Serious. He has also written a secular book on Stress Management called Stress Overcoming this Potential Killer. (Ray was previously Chair of the International Stress Management Association UK). News Update This book has now been released as an e-book as well A few years ago we did a 2 month House Sit in France. Whilst there we felt the Lord leading us to set up a Christian House Sitting service. Since then we have done a number of other house sits. We believe this site will benefit many Christians around the world. Feel free to contact us (BUT please no spam) NOTE: If you want a fast reply the best way to contact us is via the contact page on the Christian House Sitters website God bless you, Ray & Marilyn

3 responses »

  1. Well, Ray, I’m sure you are right in many cases. In our experience of caring for an adult with complex physical and learning disability needs, we, the family, have to be robust and resilient while today’s ’employees’ can simply ‘walk away’ when the ‘going gets a bit tough’. Some of the illness comes about from folk being unable / unwilling to look after themselves in the way our bodies need to be looked after. They have a choice. We have no choice. We haven’t asked for house sitters for almost 20 months as there is no chance of going away without appropriate help in ‘manpower’ as well as equipment. That last ‘break’ we had highlighted this and thought we have been letting out needs (not wants) be known there is no one. Sad to say, it is Christians who are the most likely to walk away. The Church teaching seems to be ‘if you are comfortable with it, help out’. Personally, I think Jesus’ teaching was ‘where you see a need get stuck in’. So, no, we are at work whether we feel well or not. Robust and resilient simply by God’s strength, mercy and grace. Ruth

    • Hi Ruth,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment on our blog.
      I am sorry that you are having a difficult time and I fully agree there is a vast difference between being an employee and caring for an adult with complex physical and learning difficulties. I also agree that some people are ill because they do not look after themselves. I was however talking about people who have a genuine illness that would benefit from taking time off to recover rather than pushing themselves to the extent that the illness becomes much worse and therefore results in taking far longer off to recover.
      You said that you have not asked for a sitter for 20 months and then go on to say “ we have been letting our needs be known but there is no one” I do not know how you have made your needs known but it was clearly not through CHS as you said you have not listed your house for 20 months. Possibly if you did make your needs known through the website we could find someone to help you out.
      I looked back at the details that you supplied when you listed your house and there is no mention of needing someone to act as a carer. All you mention is that the house is wheelchair accessible. If you want a sitter who is prepared to look after someone this should be made clear from the very first notification. That way you will get replies from people who are interested in helping that type of situation. Otherwise you will just get the people who believe that they are going to have the house to themselves and be able to have a holiday
      You say “that the church teaches people to only help if they feel comfortable. I have never heard that sort of teaching and if I did I would make a point of challenging the preacher. Having said that when it comes to looking after someone with severe disabilities many people would back away because they feel inadequate for the task never having had to do so in the past. The thought of being responsible for the life of another person is a heavy responsibility and I am sure some people would be afraid that their lack of training and experience could endanger a life.
      If you do want to go away send me the dates and clear details of what would be expected of the sitter and let us try and find someone for you
      God bless you

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