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Sickness Levels Fall Yet SMEs Fail to Tackle Absenteeism

Businesses which tackle the sick-note culture head on by training managers are proving that the investment pays for itself through falling absenteeism – but SMEs are still failing follow suit. Two thirds of businesses which set tough targets and managed absenteeism are now able to reduce their overall sick leave, compared with half in 2007 (See the EEF/Westfield Health report Sickness Absence and Rehabilitation Survey 2011) As a result, overall sick leave has fallen from 6.7 days – on average – per person per year in 2007, to just 5 days today. But experts believe these benefits are only being enjoyed by large companies, with as many as two thirds (66%) of SMEs still failing to recognise or tackle poor sickness absence rates (CIPD Annual survey report 2010 – Absence Management (PDF))... »

Fifth of UK Workforce Not Taking Time Off when Sick

Fifth of UK Workforce Not Taking Time Off when Sick

A fifth of UK employees will not take a day off work even when they are genuinely sick, new research has highlighted. The survey of 1,011 UK workers by hygiene firm SCA found that 19% of workers will not consider taking time off sick, while 26.2% will call in sick but are nervous about doing so. The research highlighted that the main reason staff were not taking sick days was because of their manager’s and colleagues’ reaction in the past when they were ill. “People worry about phoning in sick as they feel it can be misinterpreted as a lack of loyalty or commitment to the job,” said independent employment consultant and author of How to Get a Job You’ll Love, John Lees. “It’s important that when employees really are sick, they consider the effects ... »