Quarter Of People Who Call In Sick Still Have To Work From Home

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Millions of workers who call in sick to work are still forced to work from home, often having to reply to work emails and phone calls from their beds.

While many are frequently too unwell to come into work, pressure from bosses and hefty workloads means most of them continue to work from home instead of recuperating and recovering.

Four in 10 workers who took the day off after falling ill ended up working from home, while one in four said their bosses expect them to still work through a sick day.


A spokesman for ColdZyme, who commissioned the research said:

As a nation, we are busy and under more pressure than ever in our working lives.

But this means it’s getting more and more difficult to take a sick day and really get the rest you need to get better.

Instead of forgetting about work and taking to their bed, many are spending the day checking emails, talking with colleagues and even dealing with phone calls.

While this might make things easier when you are well enough to return to the office, it could result in a longer recovery time.


Over a third of those surveyed admitted their managers had asked them to work despite being ill.

The most common reason for people calling in sick was for the common cold, causing a quarter of participants to miss work.

One in 10 stayed home due to a headache while seven per cent missed work due to a sore throat, but just 19 per cent think a cold is an acceptable reason for calling in sick, with only 14 per cent believing a sore throat warrants a day off.


The spokesman for ColdZyme continued:

With cold and flu season rife and spreading around offices and friends, it’s important to take the necessary steps to prevent a cold bug.

By using ColdZyme, it’s possible to help prevent a cold before the virus is able to take hold, as the over the counter mouth spray forms an active enzyme protective barrier in the throat, increasing your protection against the virus.

From 2014-2016, over 300 ColdZyme users were asked what they believed the early symptoms of a cold were.

Across three different market research groups the results were the same; malaise and a sore, irritated throat and that identifying and treating these early on is the most effective way of stopping a cold in its tracks.

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The average Brit has called in sick twice in the past year, but has at least another four occasions where they wanted to stay home but felt they couldn’t.
Four in 10 battled on into work as they had too much to do, while another three in 10 worried they weren’t really ill enough to take the day off.
More than a quarter would’ve felt guilty staying home and 22 per cent said calling in sick is frowned upon in their workplace.
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Even those who do call in sick end up receiving or making three phone calls and dealing with nine emails from their sick bed.
The study questioned 2,000 workers on their sickness and work habits, making the point that for your own health and for the sake of your colleagues’ health, you should stay home when you’re ill.