Workplace absence rates increase

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Workplace absence rates increaseOn 1 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Workplace absence rates are at their highest level since 1996, according toa study by the Work Foundation. Overall absence rates were 4.12 per cent in 2002 – or the equivalent of ninedays a year per employee – up from 2.9 per cent in 2001, the study of 400 HRprofessionals found. The problem is particularly acute in the public andvoluntary sectors, where the absence rate has more that doubled from 2.97 percent to 7.86 per cent. The top five reasons given by employees for time off were colds or flu, foodpoisoning or stomach upsets, headaches or migraines, stress, emotional orpersonal problems, and back problems. Employers believed the most effective methods for maximising attendance werereturn-to-work interviews, motivation, accurate monitoring, and training ofline managers. A written absence policy was rated as important by 44 per centof those polled. Most managers also believed the introduction of flexible working to allowworkers time off for dealing with personal issues, rather than calling in sick,would help reduce sickness absence rates. www.theworkfoundation.comlast_img