A survey by National Accident Helpline has revealed some worrying statistics about the UK’s working population and their tendency to work when unwell. 89 percent of British workers in a new survey admitted to dragging themselves out of their sickbeds to go to work, with over half (53 percent) having taken no sick days in the last six months.

Reasons for working when ill included money worries, pressure from colleagues and pressure from the boss. Rather surprisingly well over one in ten workers had been threatened with disciplinary measures as a result of taking sick leave.

National Accident Helpline’s marketing director Beth Powell expressed concern at some of the statistics revealed in the survey, noting the negative effects of working when ill.

“It’s dismaying to discover that nine out of ten people are going to work when they’re feeling unwell. We know that working when ill or injured can have serious implications for recovery. This is why we recommend making a full recovery before returning to work,” Powell concluded.





Robert joined the HRreview editorial team in October 2015. After graduating from the University of Salford in 2009 with a BA in Politics, Robert has spent several years working in print and online journalism in Manchester and London. In the past he has been part of editorial teams at Flux Magazine, Mondo*Arc Magazine and The Marine Professional.