UK workers take the fewest sick days yet

On average, workers in the UK took the lowest number of sick days since records began 25 years ago.

Workers in 2016 took an average of just 4.3 sick days off work because of illness, down from 7.2 days in 1993, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Instead of taking the day off, driven by increasing workload, millions of people in the UK have gone to work when facing illness, rather than taking the day off.

A report released by insurance company Aviva notes that 7 out of 10 employees in private firms have at some point come into the office despite being unwell; an equivalent of 18 million people nationally.

Of 2,000 employees surveyed for the report, more than 2 in 5 said that they feel their employer prioritises the performance of the company over workforce health.

This comment is disputed by Dr Doug Wright, medical director at Aviva UK said that: “Businesses need to ensure they create a working culture whereby people do not feel pressurised into coming to work when they are unwell, safe in the knowledge their absence can be effectively managed.”

This report has enabled workers that believe managers disapprove of imperative sick days to rethink their approach, allowing for a more humanistic approach in the workplace.

Meanwhile, more measures and consultations have been taken in Parliament to empower workers in the gig economy and in the workplace.

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