The report from the British Heart Foundation found that 27 per cent of workers have had a health problem lasting more than a year.
One in ten of those asked said their work suffered as a result of illness. This includes 58 per cent of diabetes sufferers and the same proportion of those with depression and other mental health issues and panic attacks.
Lisa Purcell, project manager for the BHF’s Health at Work programme, said: “The results are shocking. But there is something that can be done.
“By shining a light on the health of workers in a range of industries, we hope to inspire employers to champion the wellbeing of their workers. This will ultimately benefit the health of their business in the long-run.
“Poor health can lead to more sick days, lower morale and less productivity. So it’s not just your workforce that will benefit from a health kick, but your company’s bottom line will get a boost too.”
A report in July by the CBI found that absences costs the economy £14bn a year, with employees missing an average of 5.3 days due to illness.
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