Employees will ignore advice not to go to work if they feel ill after lockdown – Wales Online

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Millions of adults have admitted they would still go to work if they felt unwell after lockdown – despite official advice telling them to stay away following the coronavirus pandemic.

A study of 2,000 workers found one in 14 would still go in regardless of how ill they felt and the symptoms they were suffering.

And a third would want to carry on working with cold and flu symptoms simply because they would miss workplace gossip and colleagues too much.

More than a third admitted they don’t usually consider other people in their workplace when they are unwell, while almost half feel pressure from their boss to go in regardless.

Thermalcheck has developed a no-contact temperature measuring station

The study, by Thermalcheck, which has developed a no-contact temperature measuring station, also found that before the coronavirus pandemic, 80 per cent would have gone into work with a cold or flu.

Almost four in 10 would have carried on with a bad cough, 33 per cent with a tight chest and 52 per cent with a stomach ache.

Guilt over dumping tasks on a colleague was the most common reason for continuing to work while unwell, along with feeling like they had too much to do and wanting to be seen as a hard worker.

A spokesman from Thermalcheck said: “Despite the pandemic and the advice to avoid others if you feel unwell, there are still a large number of workers who will feel they need to go into the workplace.

“And there are a variety of reasons for this, whether this is because they will miss their colleagues, have too much work to do, or feel pressure from their boss to go in.

“But in light of the pandemic, this approach to working while unwell needs to change and employers need to ensure the safety of their workforce, as people become more aware about passing on their germs and social distancing measures.”

The research also revealed almost one in five worried that they wouldn’t get paid if they called in sick.

However, 57 per cent are afraid colleagues could end up taking advantage of the recent uncertainty by pulling the occasional sick day.

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