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SO WHY SHOULD YOU MEASURE SICKNESS ABSENCE IN YOUR BUSINESS?

05/04/2017

According to the Office for National Statistics there was an estimated 137.3 million days lost to sickness absence in 2016, which is down from 139.1 million days lost in 2015.  Based on the labour force figures, this means that the average days lost per worker is the lowest recorded since the statistics began in 1993, at 4.3 days.

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.

If you would like further advice on managing sickness absence, please call Practical HR on 01702 216573 or email Fiona on fiona@practical-hr.co.uk


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