As well as the financial implications, sickness absence can impact on your workplace in a number of other ways: With so much at stake, it’s not surprising that companies say that managing sickness absence is hugely strategically important. Well Working Matters look at the various causes of sickness absence, we’ll also look at the practical steps you can take to help minimise its impact on your business. Low morale can occur when staff members often have to cover for absent colleagues, making their workloads increase and causing morale to fall.
Mistakes can happen. If staff have to cover other people’s jobs it can lead to mistakes which can jeopardise relationships with your customers.
Productivity Reduces if employees are regularly calling in sick. It can delay projects and mean there is no consistency within teams, this in turn leads to low productivity levels. Even those who rarely have sick days can suffer from low motivation if their colleagues are often absent.
We all know that the common cold, flu and stomach bugs are behind many employee absences, but there are a number of other things that make workers call in sick on a regular basis. These are highlighted in The CIPD’s Annual Absence Management Survey.
Recent years has seen something of a shift, while minor illnesses are still the most common cause of short-term illness (which the CIPD defines as less than 20 days), the number of people absent due to stress and mental health issues has risen in the past 12 months.
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