By Cameron Kilmister

One in four workers too afraid to take time off work, survey finds


Credit: This story was first seen on the Independent.

One in four UK employees claimed that they’re too afraid to take time off work when they are ill, according to the recent survey of 680 people by recruiting website Glassdoor.

According to the Independent the research suggests that many employees are reluctant to take too much time out of the office if they’re ill.

Pressure from managers and stress caused by heavy workloads were significant reasons for employees to come into the office when they were ill. Additionally, almost 45% of those surveyed said they noticed colleagues return to work before feeling fully recovered after taking time off.

Joe Wiggins, careers trends analyst at Glassdoor, said the research is reflective of the wrong type of company culture.

“No one should feel vulnerable to criticism if they are genuinely ill or that this might affect their career progression.

“A healthy company culture is one where people are treated like adults and trusted to make the right decisions,” Wiggins said.

In January it was noted that only nine per cent of UK employees would take time off work if they were ill.

In comparison to their European counterparts, British workers are less likely to take more than eight days of sick leave compared to 25% of German workers who took more than a week off throughout 2015.

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