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Managers 'must account for rising risk of presenteeism'
The economic downturn is exposing more companies to the risk of presenteeism, according to a report from Nuffield Health.
A survey of 1,600 workers has revealed that 30 per cent of workers are now more likely to go into the office while ill due to concerns over their job security, while nearly three quarters admitted to working while sick last year.
More than half even admitted to going into the office with an infectious illness such as influenza or a cold, an issue that could have a negative impact on overall workplace health.
This trend was observed as being particularly prevalent among those aged between 16 and 24 years of age, while people with lower paid jobs were also more likely to work while ill.
Marcus Powell, managing director for corporate wellbeing at Nuffield Health, said: "The corporate world knows that staff wellbeing directly affects their profits. That is why more and more businesses are providing good clinical and fitness experts for their workers."
This comes after a recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development report suggested that current economic pressures are also impacting morale and engagement among workers.
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