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12th September 2017

One in five too embarrassed to call in sick for mental health issues

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Research from Canada Life Group Insurance shows that 18% of employees have turned up to work whilst feeling mentally unwell. The study found that 19% of employees were more likely to go to work if mentally unwell than physically unwell, 20% would be embarrassed to admit their absence was due to mental health issues and 13% feared their future job prospects would be threatened if they were to call in sick.

When asked what employers should do, 37% of those questioned said that flexible working would make them more comfortable about taking time off for mental health, 34% called for a more positive workplace attitude towards health and wellbeing and 26% wanted less pressure to be 'always on'.

Read HR Magazine's article here for more information.