Figures suggest that absences in the workplace are declining, but this does not necessarily paint a positive picture for small businesses or large corporations.
That is according to the recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Simplyhealth Absence Management Survey.
The study found that the number of days that the average UK employee is absent from work has decreased from 7.7 in 2012 to 6.8 in 2012.
However, their research also revealed that there was an increase in the number of workers heading into the office even when they felt ill and should be taking the time off work.
According to the CIPD, this rise in presenteeism is a result of the challenging job market. Many workers fear the threat of redundancy and therefore may not feel confident taking sick leave even when it is necessary.
This coincides with an apparent increase in stress-related absences, as, according to the survey, four in ten employers felt that this type of occurrence had increased over the last 12 months.
Dr Jill Miller, research adviser at CIPD, commented on the figures by warning that the drop in absences may not be as positive as it appears.
"We must air caution before celebrating lower absence levels because they may be masking deeper problems in the workplace."
"Failing to address employees' concerns is likely to confound the issue, impact on morale and commitment and may cause or exacerbate stress or mental health problems," she concluded.
It follows a recent study entitled The Impact of Depression in the Workplace in Europe Audit (IDEA) which found that British workers are the most likely in Europe in to be diagnosed with depression, and that one-tenth of workers on the continent have missed work due to this illness.
Simon Lawton, head of policy at the Mental Health Foundation, warned that the "looming threat of redundancies" was putting workers under an increasing amount of pressure and leaving them at risk of depression and anxiety.
Moreover, he added that this probably could impact business growth by leading to an increase in absences and a decline in productivity.
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