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The rise of presenteeism – more and more of us are coming into work sick

There has been a leap in presenteeism, when workers come into the office when sick, since 2010. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

There has been a leap in presenteeism, when workers come into the office when sick, since 2010. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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The number of companies reporting staff turning up to work when they are ill has tripled since 2010, a survey of British employers has revealed.

The scale of the phenomenon known as presenteeism is “shocking” and having a negative impact on the economy.

The report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that 86% of 1,021 employers questioned said they had observed presenteeism among their 4.6 million workers, up from 26% in 2010.

Leaveism – or the practice of working while on annual leave – was reported by 69% of respondents.

Rachel Suff, from the CIPD, said: “The survey shines a light on the shocking scale of presenteeism and leaveism we have in the UK, as people feel under even more pressure at work.”

Nottingham Business School research published last October found sickness presenteeism led to a lost productivity cost of £4058.93 per person each year on average.

Have you experienced presenteeism in your workplace? Email doug.faulkner@archant.co.uk


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