Statistics prove there is no such thing as a ‘sickie culture’

Recently published figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that the average number of days lost to sickness absence has fallen by almost 40% since 1993.

Commenting on the figures, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady claimed that they are evidence that there is no such thing as a ‘sickie culture’ in the UK’s workplaces. She said

“The real health threat we face is the growing culture of presenteeism – where unwell staff are pressurised into coming work by their bosses. This can prolong illness, spread germs and cause unnecessary stress throughout the workplace.

“Many of the main reasons why people take time off, for example to cope with back pain and stress, are actually caused by work. If we want to see sickness levels brought down even further, we should be concentrating more on how to prevent these problems.”

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