UK workplace culture encourages sick staff to work

Workplace
culture in the UK does not encourage staff to take time off when they’re ill,
according to a survey on sick pay.

More
than 90 per cent of employees said their organisation doesn’t encourage staff
to stay at home when they are ill, while a third admitted to working when they
were sick.

The
online poll by employee benefits firm Gissings found that during last year, 41
per cent of respondents had taken no time off sick, 16 per cent had taken two
days off and 12 per cent had taken one day.

Only
18 per cent claimed to have taken a ‘sickie’ – staying off when they’re weren’t
genuinely ill – with childcare issues the most commonly cited reason.

By
Ross Wigham

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