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.


Mental health presenteeism on the rise

People are more likely to turn up to work despite a mental health problem according to an annual survey of...

NHS England extends mental health support for doctors

8 Oct 2018

A new mental health support scheme for all NHS doctors in England has been launched to help those in the...

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Money worries have knock-on effect on staff health, a quarter of employers say

8 Oct 2018

One in four organisations have seen employee health issues arise because of money concerns, yet almost half do not plan...

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EAPs justify investment according to new benchmark

3 Oct 2018

Employee assistance programmes (EAPs) deliver return on investment according to data suggesting that employers can typically save more than £12...

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Top 10 HR questions September 2018 – probation dismissals and unavailable companions

2 Oct 2018

Can you dismiss before a probationary period ends if they're not up to the job?

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Four in 10 hide poor mental health when calling in sick

27 Sep 2018

Forty-two per cent of staff experiencing a mental health issue have pretended to suffer from a physical health problem when...

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Majority of staff with ‘minor’ illnesses don’t take a sick day

26 Sep 2018

Nine in 10 employees continue to work even when they are suffering from a “minor” illness, with many feeling their...

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Top 10 HR questions August 2018 – Brexit and executive pay ratios

4 Sep 2018

While progress has been made in some areas of the Brexit negotiations, including agreement on the rights of EU citizens...

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Absence for mental health up, while flu and gastro-related sick days fall

24 Aug 2018

Almost a three-quarters of a million more working days were lost in June and July because of mental health-related absence,...

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‘Significant’ sickness absence more likely at larger employers than smaller firms

10 Aug 2018

Organisations with 250 or more staff are more likely to have a ‘significant’ absence issue than smaller businesses, with sickness...

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Flu vaccination saves UK economy up to £28.9m in sick day costs

26 Jul 2018

Widespread use of the flu vaccination could save up to £28.9 million in averted sick day costs, in addition to...

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One in five diabetics disciplined for taking time off

16 Jul 2018

More needs to be done to educate employers about their responsibilities to diabetic workers, it has been claimed, as it...

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Toolkit seeks to help employers support domestic abuse victims

12 Jul 2018

Business in the Community (BITC) and Public Health England have released a toolkit which they hope will equip employers with...

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Employees taking less time off sick, yet costing employers more

4 Jul 2018

Employees took less time off sick last year, yet the bill faced by employers for this absence still went up,...

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Migraine sufferers need more than a month off work a year to cope

3 Jul 2018

The average migraine sufferer needs to take 33 days off work a year to cope with their condition, with those...

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