Misplaced priorities fuel sickie culture

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Workers in North West’s workers are feeling unloved by their employers, a new survey by Investors in People claims.

Of 225 employees surveyed 60 per cent of full-time employees in the North West feel their employer doesn’t care about their health and wellbeing, as long as they get the job done.

Of those who stated their employer doesn’t care about their health and wellbeing, 52 per cent say it has led to them feeling less motivated, with a third stating they have considered looking for a new job as a result. What’s more, 11 per cent admitted they don’t work as hard, and 17 per cent said they resent their employer.

The survey also provides a warning to employers who don’t invest in staff wellbeing, with more than one in five workers in the North West having ‘pulled a sickie’ in the last year, and more than one in twenty doing so more than five times.

While most sickness absence is genuine, those who described themselves as unhappy in their role are more likely to take ‘sickies’, than those who described themselves as happy, with almost three in 10 of unhappy workers in the UK having embellished the truth about being ill.