Three quarters of employees go to work when they feel ill, research shows

Approximately 75% of workers continue with their usual work routines when they have a cold, a new study has demonstrated.

Latest data has also found that more than 50% of employees get annoyed when their co-workers come into work when they feel unwell.

Results from a poll of 2,000 workers have revealed that nearly 40% of employees go in to work when they are ill so their boss does not think they are lying about feeling unwell.

Workers also avoid calling in sick as they do not want to be seen as unreliable or leaving their colleagues in the dark, the survey has reported.

In addition, more than 30% of employees go into work when they are feeling unwell because they have too much work to do.

Funded by Bronchostop, the study has also discovered that 21% of the participants go into work when they feel unwell to show how dedicated they are to the job. It also revealed that 18% do not trust their colleagues to do their work correctly and more than 60% of the participants do not think having a cold is a proper illness.

According to the workers, they feel the most frustrated with their unwell colleagues when they cough or sneeze, as well as not washing their hands afterwards.

Bronchostop spokesperson and superintendent pharmacist, Farah Ali said: “In the last couple of years, the perception of the common cough or cold has changed.

“With more flexible working in a place and a heightened focus on wellbeing, many feel as though colleagues who are feeling under the weather should be staying at home to rest and recuperate.”

She added: “This peak cough and cold season, it’s so important to look after yourself when you feel common cold symptoms such as a cough coming on and to take precautions if you do need to go to work.

“That might be taking some appropriate medicine, keeping your distance from co–workers, and remembering to wash your hands to keep germs away.”

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