Absence at work figures 'could mask worrying trends' - CIPD
Overall levels of absenteeism are at their lowest level for five years, according to a survey carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
But more of those days off are being used to care for other people, such as elderly relatives.
The survey also found people were going to work even though they were sick. A third of employers said employees had struggled in to work before fully recovering from illness.
Speaking to the BBC, Dr Jill Miller, a research adviser at the CIPD, said: "Those positive figures could be masking some more worrying trends around issues like stress in the workforce."