Three quarters of adults work while unwell

18% did not want to “bother” the NHS

Jaskeet Briah
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Research by Bluecrest Wellness has found that three quarters of adults (76%) have worked while being unwell in the past year, with women more likely to do so.

The main reasons people worked while being unwell were feeling like they couldn't let their team down (48%) and being unable to afford not to work (38%), with nearly one-in-five having felt pressure from their employer to work while they were unwell. The health assessment specialists surveyed 2,009 adults, including 1,437 in employment, finding that when employees did work whilst unwell, 44% said it took longer to get better, which impacted the mental health of 23%. Women were more likely to work while unwell as some 37% said they had done so frequently in the last 12 months, compared...

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