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US – A health app is promoting ‘unsick days’ to change the mentality around taking time off work for doctors’ appointments.
The app is encouraging all employers to give their employees paid time off for pre-emptive care, such as visiting the dentist or going to the doctor for a non-emergency ailment.
The initiative was developed after a recent survey by ZocDoc found that 86% of working Americans would cancel or delay check-ups because of work demands, while 60% feel uncomfortable about leaving work to attend appointments.
‘Unsick Day will empower American workers to take care of important preventative care check-ups, which are often neglected due to workplace pressures and obligations,’ said the company in a statement.
Zocdoc, which will offer its own employees an Unsick day in 2017, has already persuaded 11 other companies to take part, including Foursquare, Virgin Holidays and Zola.
By allowing employees to take preventative steps to avoid illness, employers will benefit from a healthier workforce. See the Upstream Wellness section in our macrotrend The Optimised Self for more.