Employer advice on illness may cut sick days

Employers who give their employees information on how to manage common ailments will often see sickness absence levels decrease  dramatically, a survey has suggested.

The study of more than 1,000 adults, by Developing Patient Partnerships (DPP), found nearly two-thirds of people polled felt they would have been less likely to take time off work if they had access to better information.

Nearly half (45 per cent) said they would welcome information on problems such as headaches and indigestion directly from their employer.

More than half (55 per cent) were agreed on advice about healthy lunchtime eating or being active at lunch time.

DPP has published a booklet, Better Health at Home and at Work, to encourage people to look after their health more.

The British Medical Association’s OH committee has backed the campaign.

Peugeot-Citroën has joined forces with DPP to send more than 6,000 health ‘toolkits’, containing the booklet, to the car maker’s employees.

 www.dpp.org.uk

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