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Sick workers cost economy £486 million

DISENGAGED and unwell employees cost the Scottish economy £486 million last year and the UK economy £6 billion as a whole, according to research described as a wake-up call for employers.

The study, commissioned by private health care provider Bupa, surveyed the views of 5000 workers and includes analysis by the London-based economics think-tank, the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

The report found more than 45% of Scottish employees' willingness to go 'above and beyond' was lower than it could be because they believed any extra effort would not be acknowledged. Fewer than 30% said they were operating at their peak physical level.

Meanwhile almost half (49%) Scottish workers have seen a rise in stress, anxiety and depression since the recession, and 26% believe they will burn out at work.

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