Sickness absence levels need tackling

According to government research, as many as 960,000 employees were on sick leave for a month or more each year on average between October 2010 and September 2013. Around 300,000 people are believed to end up out of work and in the welfare system each year due to health-related issues. The cost of sickness absence is high for: Taxpayers, who pay approximately £13 billion a year collectively in health-related sickness benefits Employers, who pay out a collective £9 billion in sick pay and related benefits Sickness absence costs businesses a huge amount of…Read more

Workplace health experts confirm breakfast really is the most important meal of the day

3-minutes and 15-seconds is how long the average UK breakfast lasts. So suggests a recent report commissioned by Weetabix, the cereal company. The report also found that: only half of us eat breakfast before leaving the house half of these people eat breakfast while they are getting ready for work 7 out of 10 people said they ate breakfast at their desk at least once a week most said they had less time for breakfast than they did five years ago. Think about it this way - you’ve just fasted for anything up…Read more

Medigold Health advises Line Managers to watch for early warning signs of work pressure

In line with recent findings by the mental health charity, Mind, one of the UK's leading occupational health providers, Medigold Health, is advising HR departments to train their Line Managers to spot the early warning signs of work pressure as part of their sickness and absence management strategies. Mental health in the workplace policies are crucial The mental health charity Mind, in its mental health at work campaign ‘Taking care of business’, found that organisations are under increasing pressure to stretch resources and boost productivity and that these strains are being passed onto…Read more

Productivity directly related to health

Workplace health crucial to productivity According to research by Aviva Health: 63% of UK employers and over three-quarters (78%) of employees believe that health has a direct effect on productivity. 47% of employers said that the impact of the recession and the need to be more productive and efficient has made them realise the importance of looking after the health and wellbeing of their workforce. Increased focus on health in the workplace Over the last 3 years the pressure on organisations and individual employees to increase productivity has really taken hold, leading businesses…Read more

UK sickness and absence rate one of highest

The UK has one of the highest sickness and absence rates with an average 9.1 days off work taken for sickness taken by UK workers – so says a report from Price Waterhouse Cooper (2013).  This compared to 4.9 days in the US and 7.3 days for Western Europe. UK employees were found to be taking fewer unscheduled absence days compared with two years ago (9.8 days in 2013 versus 10.1 days in 2011), but the number of days taking for illness rose from 8.7 days in 2011 to 9.1 days in 2013.…Read more

Long-term sickness absence costs £6.5 billion each year

According to a study carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), the cost of sickness absence to the private sector is approximately £3.1 billion each year. When the cost of sickness absence within the public sector is added, the total reaches a hefty £6.5 billion. The research, which was conducted on behalf of income protection provider Unum, focused on long-term illness and injury that spanned more than six months, as this type of absence has the most significant financial implications for companies and organisations. It showed that around 300,000…Read more