Sickness absence

Managing sickness absence is a key issue for employers. Employee absence is a significant cost to the majority of businesses in the UK.

In addition to the direct costs of employee absence (paying sick pay and paying someone else to perform the absent employee’s work), high levels of absence can demotivate those employees who have to take on the absent employee’s work, cause all-round disruption to productivity and adversely affect an employer’s continuity of service to its clients.


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Swathes of women taking long-term leave for female health symptoms

5 Dec 2019

Around half of working-age women have had to take long-term absence at some point during their working life, while 15%...

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Terrorism witnesses need psychological help sooner, study finds

4 Dec 2019

People affected by terrorist attacks need to access to more immediate psychological help, research has recommended.
A study into the...

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Employers ‘not providing facilities that enable physical activity’

2 Dec 2019

Eight in 10 (84%) workers are failing to achieve the minimum amount of physical activity recommended by the NHS, while...

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Two-fifths of workers would fake a sick day

21 Nov 2019

Two in five adults would fake a ‘sickie’ if they wanted a day off work, according to a Com Res...

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Six in 10 feel guilty about attending medical appointments in work hours

15 Nov 2019

Almost six in 10 (59%) workers have felt guilty about attending a medical appointment during working hours because of their...

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Third of staff with cancer feel unsupported by their employer

12 Nov 2019

One employee in three with cancer has not received sufficient support from their employer following their diagnosis, research has suggested,...

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Sickness absence increases to 4.4 days per worker

6 Nov 2019

Employees lost an average of 4.4 working days in 2018 because of sickness or injury, according to the latest official...

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Top 10 HR questions October 2019: Right to be accompanied

5 Nov 2019

Should employers give employees the right to be accompanied to meetings under a redundancy procedure?
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MPs to examine impact of endometriosis on women

8 Oct 2019

A group of MPs is to launch an inquiry into women’s experiences of endometriosis, after research found thousands have had...

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Education and coaching can significantly reduce migraine in staff, Swiss study finds

7 Oct 2019

Employer-provided education and coaching services can significantly reduce the impact migraine has on the workforce, a study has found.
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engineers mental health

More than a fifth of engineers take time off because of mental health

4 Oct 2019

Almost one in five engineers has lost a colleague to suicide, while more than a fifth have had to take...

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Top 10 HR questions September 2019: The effect of a leap year on pay

1 Oct 2019

There will be an extra working day in 2020 for many employees, so does the leap year mean extra pay?...

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Union campaign to support terminally ill workers takes to the road

11 Sep 2019

The TUC’s campaign to protect terminally ill workers – Dying to Work – begins a national roadshow today from the...

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Waste collection absence rates fall when wheeled bins are used

12 Aug 2019

Sickness absence rates among waste collection staff could decline if local authorities changed the style of bins they provided households,...

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