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A third of hard-working Brits don’t feel comfortable asking for time off sick

Have you ever felt nervous about asking your boss for time off?

We recently ran a survey and found that more than a third of Brits feel nervous about asking for time off when they are sick and one in five don’t even like asking for holiday.

The survey of 1000 British office workers revealed that a shocking 25% of the people we spoke to said that they don’t feel valued at work. The survey also found that third don’t feel comfortable asking for help, despite 15% of them admitting that they’re too busy at work.

Despite all that, bosses were rated as one of the most liked colleagues at work.

favourite colleague

We asked Dr Jill Miller, Research Adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, about our findings and she stated that a third of companies reported an increase in the number of staff coming in ill in the last twelve months.

Dr Miller said: “Employers need to be aware of the issue of presenteeism, working while genuinely sick.

“The spreading of germs and employees working to a poorer standard is not good for business or the individual’s health.

“Our research has shown that the main reason employees don’t take time off because their workload is too high and they don’t want colleagues to pick up their work.

“Managers should lead by example by taking their holiday and staying at home when they are sick, which creates a more supportive culture.

“Employers must make sure staff are given clear protocols and know how to book leave and who to contact when they are sick.”

We also asked about common irritations in the workplace and found that people not listening is the most annoying habit a colleague can adopt.

office pet peeves

Respondents also voted for the most annoying business phrases and the survey found that “blue sky thinking” was the most disliked, with over a quarter voting that they strongly disliked it.

This was followed by expressions such as “low hanging fruit”, “run it up the flagpole”, “paradigm shift” and “loop back”.