Furthermore, almost a fifth (17%) of respondents said they worry about coming across as weak for taking time off with a short-term illness. An additional 14% say they worry about being viewed as lazy, and 13% worry about being seen as undedicated.
“People suffering from illnesses like flu and stomach bugs are unlikely to be productive and risk making their colleagues unwell as well by struggling into work,” continues Avis. “We need to be clearer with employees - they should only come in to work when fully fit and able to do so, be it physically or mentally.”
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