Headlines: October 6th, 2008

A new report from HSA reveals the hidden health costs of the global economic slowdown in the public sector. The Healthy Working Report surveyed more than 270 HR Professionals from a wide range of sectors and found that almost 1 in 5 HR professionals admit to encouraging their staff to return to work after illness.

The report shows that 32 per cent of HR Professionals believe widespread extreme working to be commonplace in the public sector. This compares with only 14% amongst those in the private sector. 77 per cent also believe employees are less likely to take time off sick now than they were a year ago. Over half the HR professionals questioned asserted the current economic climate has had a negative impact on their organization.

Richard Halley of the HSA said: “Our report has revealed that due to the pressures of the economic downturn, employees in the public sector are taking huge risks with their health. By continuing to work through illness at any cost they are also taking the risk of creating a health epidemic at work, feeding a vicious cycle of perpetual illness by infecting more and more employees.”