Health

19 January 2016

Allyson Morgan

Going to the workplace even when sick

Summary

  • 30% of Brits say they always go to work even when they are sick
  • 47% of men in the Uk sometimes go to work when feeling ill
  • 20-29 years are most likely to go into the workplace even when they are not fit and well

Why do the Brits go back to work when sick?

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We all know that feeling, we wake up with a sore throat and feeling under the weather. At best, we would like to curl back up under the bed covers and stay in bed all day. However, you have to muster the energy and get up to go to work. Or do you call in sick?

30% of Brits who took part in the latest mingle Trend survey always go into work even when feeling unwell. 47% of men and 44% of women sometimes go into the workplace even if they are ill. In comparison, only 2% of Brits who work stay home when sick. It is the 30-39 years (39%) who are most likely to go into work when ill.

When asked why they felt they had to go into work even though they feel ill, there was one resounding answer. 26% still go into work out of a fear they will lose pay, followed by 17% who say their colleagues rely on them. 13% just love their job and 11% are worried they may miss something important and a further 10% are anxious about losing their job in they are off work sick. What about you? Do you go into work when feeling ill or do you always go into work when sick? Do you take particular measures to prevent you from becoming ill in the first place?


Survey data base

Type of survey : British population between 16-69 years of age
Sample :896 British participants selected on a representative basis
Survey time : 07.01.16 until 12.01.16
Method: Online survey, sample


Survey data base

Type of survey : British population between 16-69 years of age
Sample :673 British participants selected on a representative basis who either always or sometimes go to work even when ill
Survey time : 07.01.16 until 12.01.16
Method: Online survey, sample

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2 Comments

  1. Peter Edwards says:

    Sometimes it is not the best idea going to work when feeling unwell, this is especially true where there are cold’s and flu’s going around. You may not realise that you may be the carrier of a bug and pass it onto else, that would be prone to picking up the slightest illness. Think of others and not just yourself, in times of illness.

  2. Jacqui Smith says:

    If you get paid when you are sick then it is best not to go into work and spread germs and possibly give an under par performance. I once worked in a pub and only got paid for days I worked, so when I caught chickenpox as an adult (severe headache,severe flu like symptoms and pain) the boss said to me ‘who will clean the pub if you don’t come in? If the other customers catch it, they catch it’. I struggled for a couple of days and then had to stay home. It was enlightening to hear the views of my boss, I wish his customers coud have heard them too.


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