Employees admit they would go into work even if they felt unwell, study finds – Latest News


And a third would want to carry on working with cold and flu symptoms simply because they would miss the banter, gossip and colleagues too much.

A study of 2,000 workers found one in 14 would go in regardless of how ill they felt and if they had symptoms.

Researchers found that despite advice to avoid others if you feel unwell, one in 14 would still go into work due to a number of reasons – including feeling “pressure from their boss”

A worrying number of people said they would go into work even if they felt unwell

Official advice is that people should stay home if they feel unwell

More people are going in to work as lockdown restrictions in the UK are eased

The study, by Thermalcheck, which has developed a no-contact temperature measuring station, also found that before the coronavirus pandemic, 80% would have gone into work with a cold or flu.

Millions of adults admitted they would go into work even if they felt unwell post lockdown – despite advice telling them to stay away following the coronavirus pandemic.

More than a third admitted they don’t usually consider other people in their workplace when they are unwell, while almost half feel pressure from their boss to go in regardless.

A spokesman from Thermalcheck said: “Despite the pandemic and the advice to avoid others if you feel unwell, there are still a large number of workers who will feel they need to go into the workplace.

Guilt over dumping tasks on a colleague was the most common reason for continuing to work while unwell, along with feeling like they had too much to do and wanting to be seen as a hard worker.

Almost four in 10 would have carried on with a bad cough, 33% with a tight chest and 52% with a stomach ache.

“But in light of the pandemic, this approach to working while unwell needs to change and employers need to ensure the safety of their workforce, as people become more aware about passing on their germs and social distancing measures.”

“And there are a variety of reasons for this, whether this is because they will miss their colleagues, have too much work to do, or feel pressure from their boss to go in.

Further reassurance would be gained by 56% by employers ensuring colleagues behave and follow guidance – with 61% hoping their workplace will be kept cleaner than before.

Plentiful hand sanitiser, social distancing measures and toilets being cleaned frequently were some of the other precautions staff want to see upon their return.

The study also found 73% of workers would gain assurance from colleagues’ temperatures being tested before coming into the building – avoiding anyone with a fever coming in close proximity.

The research also revealed half of respondents have lied to themselves in the past about how unwell they are before heading to work.

As a result, 39% suspect they have passed on their illness to a colleague.

And 59% argue that having a cough doesn’t mean that they can’t work, with almost one in five worried that they wouldn’t get paid if they called in sick.

However, 57% are afraid colleagues could end up taking advantage of the recent uncertainty by pulling the occasional sick day.

But 63% said there are levels of illness they think are OK to go to work with, with 61% believing that having the sniffles is not a good enough reason to call in sick.


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