We get many enquiries about Managing Absence and according to the Office for National Statistics an estimated 137.3 million days are lost to sickness absence in the work place.
Approximately 34.8% of absences were blamed on minor illnesses such as coughs and colds and 19.8% of absences related to musculoskeletal problems (including back pain, neck and upper limb problems). However, mental health illnesses (stress, depression and anxiety) are an increasing problem causing 7.7% of the absence.
By measuring absence levels you can not only discover whether there is a problem in your business but also why your employees are absent. You can identify if there is a pattern to the absences (e.g. mainly self-certificated absences on a Friday) or if absences are higher in one particular team compared to another and put measures in place to address such issues.
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If you feel that you need guidance or advice on this matter, please call Practical HR on 01702 216573 or email Paula on the above.