Blog by Ann McCracken,
A recent 2013 survey from CIPD and SimplyHealth of 618 employers, indicates that sickness absence has increased compared with last year.
Last year (2012) the public sector recorded and average of 7.9 days absence per employee and this year it has risen to 8.7 days. The Manufacturing/Production sector had the least amount of time off sick – 6 days per employee per year.
85% of employers indicated they were implementing flexible working patterns, which is extremely encouraging, as today’s workforce has very different , technologies, demographics and requirements to be efficient and productive.
Good health and Wellbeing initiatives also featured in this report but in my experience, this so often is a token gesture. Health and Wellbeing is the responsibility of the individual and they need to identify the need to release the motivation to enhance their life skills and lifestyle.
I am looking forward to hearing more about this research at Symposium Events Workplace Wellbeing and Stress Summit in November http://www.symposium.co.uk/workplace-wellbeing-stress-summit/.
You can find out more about core Wellbeing initiatives at http://www.amc2.co.uk/wellbeing-training
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