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Credit Crunch blamed for Record Absences

The economic crisis, the credit crunch, is responsible for record levels of staff sickness as more than 380,000 people call in sick each day, according to a report by absence management company FirstCare. Anxiety about jobs, family finance and the global economy has triggered a nationwide leap in the numbers of people taking time off work, the company claims. Their figures suggest that the number of people phoning in sick with flu–like complaints has almost doubled in recent weeks, while those suffering with gastrointestinal problems have risen by a third. FirstCare’s managing director Aaron Ross said: “The credit crunch is beginning to impact on our health and productivity. We would expect to see seasonal trends of approximately 308 out of every 100,000 employees absent ... »