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Majority of UK employees think their workplace makes them ill

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87% of the UK workforce feels that their workplace is responsible for them getting sick. Do employers do enough to look after their staff's wellbeing?

New research has revealed that the vast majority of UK employees blame their workplace on their illnesses.

In a survey of 2,000 UK employees, Benenden found that a huge 87% of employees credit their place of work for the cause of their illness. Only a quarter of respondents said they felt consistently healthy at work.  

Half of those surveyed admitted they felt depressed while working with just 40% feeling happy in their place of work. 

Helen Smith, business development director at Benenden said: “Employers should take steps to promote their staff’s wellbeing in the workplace. We spend so much of our time at work that it should be a place where we feel happy and healthy.”

Presenteeism remains an issue in the UK workforce, as 46% of respondents admitted to turning up while sick. Once in work, those surveyed admitted to suffering a multitude of office related concerns, including backache (84%), eye strain (42%) and regular migraines (27%) among the most common ailments. 

More than half of respondents admitted that continual work commitments stop them from going to the gym, while 75% said their employer doesn’t encourage them to adopt an active lifestyle. 

Smith added: “Our modern working lifestyle often attracts much criticism and our research appears to back this up. Even when we’re ill, we persist in dragging ourselves into the workplace, risking a spread of infection to our colleagues or making our own condition worse.”


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