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Posted by CareerBuilder UK on 13 November 2015 in Press releases | No Comment


LONDON – 13 NOVEMBER 2015 – The seasons are changing and British workers are suffering from a variety of illnesses, from the common winter cold to migraines and even stress. Despite this fact, CareerBuilder.co.uk has revealed that 62 per cent of British employees will still go into the office despite feeling ill, as a result of work related pressures.

Half of workers from the survey revealed that their stress levels at work have significantly increased over the last six months, so it’s no surprise that employees are feeling obliged to work whilst sick to ease the burden of ever increasing workloads. Many of the respondents believed that taking time off work would only result in their email inbox filling up, and their ‘to do’ list getting longer, thereby increasing stress levels further.

The CareerBuilder.uk research also found that 40 per cent of British workers were unable to take time off work due to being ill as they felt that they could not afford to miss out on their hard earned wages.

Those employees who were brave enough to take the time off work provided the following reasons:

  • 22 per cent called in sick because they didn’t feel like going to work
  • 20 per cent of employees wanted to catch up on lost sleep
  • 16 per cent of workers simply wanted to take some time to relax

More surprisingly, the CareerBuilder.uk research also found that 27 per cent of employees actually logged on to their emails whilst sick, even though they had told their employer they were unwell for at least part of the day.

“We’ve found our latest research rather surprising, not least because as many employees are taking time off work to recover from mental health issues as physical ones, thereby illustrating our workforce is tired, stressed and under immense pressure. Employers must take employee wellbeing seriously,” said Janet Prosper, HR Director of CareerBuilder EMEA.

Janet continues: “Whether you are working in a high pressure environment or not; it’s important to take the correct amount of time to recover from an illness, rather than trying to work in the interim. Your employer has a duty of care to ensure that you are fit enough to be in the workplace, and this standard must be upheld. Ultimately, if the British workforce does not take the time to get back to good health, companies will face a drop in productivity levels, morale and continue to see a stark increase in staff taking time off work in the long term.”

To assist with this issue, CareerBuilder.co.uk has provided three key tips to help improve mental wellbeing in the workplace below:

  • Recognise the warning signs – the symptoms of stress are vast and can range from feeling anxious and a loss of appetite to sleeping problems. If you are concerned about any of these symptoms, it’s important to visit your doctor right away.
  • Get physical– regular exercise is proven to reduce stress and improve mental wellbeing. Even though it’s the last thing you feel like doing, take a walk at lunch or go for a quick jog after work to clear your mind.
  • Talk to someone – Whether you speak to a colleague or your boss, it’s important to develop good relationships with co-workers as they can help and offer support in stressful situations.



Survey Methodology

The survey was conducted among 1002 full or part time workers in the UK, interviews were conducted online by Redshift Research in September & October 2015 using an email invitation and an online survey. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

About CareerBuilder.co.uk

As the global leader in human capital solutions, CareerBuilder specializes in HR software as a service to help companies with every step of the recruitment process from acquire to hire. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24 million unique visitors and 1 million jobs. CareerBuilder works with the world’s top employers, providing job distribution, sourcing, workflow, CRM, data and analytics in one pre-hire platform. Owned by TEGNA Inc. (NYSE:TGNA), Tribune Media (NYSE:TRCO) and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.com.


For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.co.uk

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