What we now often call “essential workers,” like nursing and residential care employees, were, unfortunately, the least healthy industry surveyed. Just 24.4% of this group described themselves as being in good health. Especially during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, this group’s health became exceedingly important to consider. At the time of writing this article, health care workers falling ill to the coronavirus has become a major concern, creating panic for both those in and outside of the industry.
Postal service workers used more sick days – 7.4 last year – than any other industry studied. Recalling that these workers improved their health during this same time frame, it begs the question, was leaning on more sick days helping these employees to heal? That said, wholesalers and manufacturers, who were previously shown to be one of the healthiest industries – were taking the fewest sick days each year. Some industries took it a step further and took absolutely zero sick days each year. Primarily, this included the accommodation and food businesses, both of which are notorious for putting the customer first. Many of these types of hospitality venues also even stay open for business on public holidays. After all, they weren’t listed among the healthiest industries, just the one that took the least time off for sickness.
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