THE GUARDIAN: Why the UK’s dire rates of sick pay bode ill for the economy

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Period14 May 2022

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  • TitleWhy the UK’s dire rates of sick pay bode ill for the economy
    Media name/outletThe Guardian
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionCary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at Manchester Business School, said inadequate sick pay and a precarious economic backdrop were forcing people to keep working even when ill: “From Thatcher on, we have Americanised the UK economy, making it less secure and offering less protection than other countries.”
    The leading American-born psychologist, who coined the term “presenteeism” in the 1980s to describe the need to be at work even when not fully functioning, said an inadequate safety net was shortsighted and bad for productivity. “My view is the more you treat people properly, value and trust them, protect them and provide them with some security – not 100% but some – the more you’ll get out of them.”
    PersonsCary Cooper


  • sick pay
  • productivity