Tags: Absence

Employee wellness will soon be formally measured and reported on

Three quarters of HR directors (75%) predict that employee wellness will be formally measured and reported on by 2018, according to the Flux Report by talent management specialist Right Management. This represents a significant shift in organisational attitudes, as currently as many as four in ten senior HR directors regard wellness activity as an ‘employee…

Unloved employees more likely to pull a ‘sickie’

Britain’s workers are feeling unloved by their employers, a new survey by Investors in People has found. Over half (54%) of full-time employees feel their employer doesn’t care about their health and wellbeing, as long as they get the job done. Of those who stated their employer doesn’t care about their health and wellbeing, half…

Staff absences surge after big sporting events so plan for that, says Neil Pickering

“As well as National Sickie Day, yesterday was also the day after the Super Bowl – an event that has become associated with late nights and drinking, even in the UK. So, as well as a high level of employee absence, businesses can also expect to see an increase in staff lateness. In fact, Channel 4 has…

Dr. Andrew Jones: The most common pain complaints raised by office workers

Recent research conducted by Nuffield Health found that half of us are in moderate to severe pain at least once a week – importantly, for three quarters of adults in the UK, it affects their ability to perform their jobs and a third are forced to take time off work. Our research also found that…

Bereaved people being failed by lack of support in the workplace

Bereaved people across Britain are being failed by a lack of support including in the workplace, according to a new report published by the National Council for Palliative Care, in partnership with the Dying Matters Coalition which it leads and the National Bereavement Alliance. Today’s report, ‘Life after death: six steps to improve support in…

20% of UK workers call in sick due to ‘winter blues’ or SAD

9.6 million work days are lost each year as a result of employees suffering from the ‘winter blues’ or Seasonal Affective Disorder, reveals new research from Epson. The survey of over 1,000 UK office workers, carried out by Opinium, finds that 20% of Brits admit to calling in sick because of the winter blues and,…

Dr Andrew Jones: Top five ways to have a healthy workforce this January

2014 is set to be brighter than the last few years – optimism is high within the UK workforce, as the economy appears to be on the up. As research has found, ill health is estimated to cost the UK economy £100 billion a year due to sickness, absence and worklessness. To mirror this, research…

Depression is costing UK business £1,000 per employee per year

A quarter of people in the UK (26%) have been diagnosed with depression according to the UK IDEA survey report (European Depression Association (EDA), Impact of Depression in Europe Audit Survey (IDEA Survey), 2012) The wider economic cost of mental illness in England has been estimated at £105.2 billion each year. This includes direct costs…

Scottish workers are the UK’s most stressed

We are a nation of stressed staff – eating lunch ‘al desko’ as well as working overtime, through holidays and even when we’re ill, according to new research. The Big Work Survey of 2,000 UK working adults and 500 senior decision makers across Great Britain found businesses could be storing up ‘bigger problems down the line’ because 64 per…

Neil Pickering on Absenteeism: The detriment to the UK economy and workforce productivity

It was interesting to see the results of CBI/Pfizer’s recent Absence and Workplace Health Survey, which found that absenteeism is costing the UK economy a staggering £14 billion a year. Further research released from business advisers PwC shows sick days alone are costing British business almost £29bn a year because workers are taking more than…