Published on June 23rd, 2015 | by admin

Older Staff Less Prone To Absence At Work Due To Illness

A recent survey we’ve read here at the Post Office Shop reveals that older workers are less likely to ‘pull a sickie’ than their younger colleagues.

Dubbed ‘the reliables’, only a quarter of those workers in the over-50s age bracket took days off due to genuine illness compared with almost half of those aged 20-39 according to the study which was carried out by consulting 2,000 working adults.

The poll also revealed that almost half of 20-39 year olds had lied to their boss about being ill to get time off work in the past five years. In comparison, over the same period, only 12 per cent of those over 50 had misled their boss in order to take absence from work.

With older employees seemingly keen to impress their employees by keeping time off work to a minimum unless absolutely necessary, the survey also suggests that more senior members of staff often have more healthy lifestyles out of work hours.

More working days lost to sickness close to holiday hotspots

Interestingly, as well as comparing absenteeism trends by different age groups, trends have also been noted in disparities depending on the lure of attractive destinations in close proximity to the workplace. Locations including the seaside, countryside or other holiday hotspot destinations near to a place of work were more prone to see higher levels of employees ‘taking sickies’ it has been revealed.

As an illustration, a league table of workplace absenteeism shows the highest percentage of working days lost to sickness occurring in close proximity to the south coast beach counties of Sussex and Dorset which include the holiday hotspots of Brighton and Bournemouth.

Other holiday hotspots that make up the top ten list of locations where the most working days are lost to sickness include the quaint countryside location that is the Cotswolds plus also the picturesque natural beauty which abounds in the Lake District.

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