Word on the Street: How unwell would you have to be to call in sick?

One in four people would have to be hospitalised before they took a day off work. Picture: GETTY IMA

One in four people would have to be hospitalised before they took a day off work. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A new survey has revealed that one in four workers would have to be hospitalised before they took a day off sick - we asked people in Ipswich what they thought about the issue.

The survey questioned 1,000 employees and found nine out of 10 had gone to work while feeling ill.

The research was carried out by insurance group Canada.

Paul Avis, marketing director at Canada Life Group Insurance, said: “It is incredibly worrying it would take something as serious as being hospitalised to dissuade a quarter of British employees from going into work, showing that a ‘stiff upper lip’ culture of presenteeism still pervades the British workforce.

“People suffering from illnesses like flu and stomach bugs are unlikely to be productive and risk making their colleagues unwell as well by struggling into work.

“We need to be clearer with employees – they should only come in to work when fully fit and able to do so, be it physically or mentally.”

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