Tags: sickness absence

Survey says local Government workers struggling with stress

Eighty-seven per-cent of local Government workers are struggling to cope with increased stress and pressure at work, according to a survey by UNISON. The study of more than 14,000 local Government workers found that 72% feel stress is affecting how well they can do their jobs, while 70% say that workplace stress is affecting their…

Employers pay the price for novice New Year fitness fans

Injuries caused by failed New Year’s fitness resolutions are responsible for a huge spike in musculoskeletal injuries and springtime sickness absence, research reveals today.   And, according to the research conducted by leading physiotherapy provider Physio Med, over-ambitious exercise plans could give employers a headache as staff face long lay-offs with musculoskeletal injuries.   Physio…

Government to challenge WTR changes

The Government is attempting to minimise the impact of the Working Time Regulations (WTR) changes on British businesses. Negotiations are taking place with the European Union to prevent damaging amendments to the directive which could cost employers more than £100 million a year. Thanks to various European Court of Justice rulings, workers will be able…

Fit notes aid commmunication but makes no difference in absence

The fit note, which has substituted the sick note, has given the mangers the much needed push to bring in imperative conversations with their own employees and find the best way to help them to get back to work as per the recent Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) research. The survey by the…

Major shift in attitude towards mental health needed, says national director for heath and work

There needs to be a significant change in the way employers handle mental health issues, Dame Carol Black has said. The national director for health and work told People Management that there needs to be a cultural shift in attitudes in order to deal with the stigma that surrounds mental illness and to tackle discrimination…

Early intervention important for sick staff

Early interventions can make all the difference in ensuring sick staff do not become long-term absentees, figures from Legal & General have shown. The insurer, which assists firms with absence management through its Group Income Protection policies, has released statistics which it says show that six weeks of absence is the ‘tipping point’ when it…