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Graduates drag themselves into work when ill

Published: Monday, 05 November 2007   Category: Life after graduation

Millions of UK workers, including graduates, feel forced into going to work even when they're ill, according to new research.

The study, undertaken by Olbas Powerflu, revealed that 79 per cent of workers lived in fear of the consequences of calling in sick, with half of those concerned about what their boss would think if they rang in.

At the same time, a fifth of those surveyed admitted they were convinced no-one could do their job as well as them, dragging themselves into work due to a perceived self importance complex.

Hilary Lynn, Olbas Powerflu spokeswoman, said: "As a nation of workaholics we need to recognise that heavy colds and flu can be very debilitating. Fortunately there are very simple steps employers and employees can take to reduce symptoms, and get you back to the office and feeling fighting fit in no time."

"It's important for employers to note that a huge 86 per cent of people surveyed said cold and flu sufferers are actually less productive at work.'Battling on' also tends to slow down the sufferer's recovery, and brings with it the risk of them to passing on their illness to others," she added.

Government figures published earlier this year revealed that sickness absence in the UK totals 175 million days annually, costing businesses £13 billion.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18343011-ADNFCR

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