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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

You can find out more about core Wellbeing initiatives at


Ann McCracken is a Director of AMC2 and the vice president of the International Management Association (ISMA UK) – the professional body for stress management Practitioners.

She specialises in developing a positive and resilient working culture in organisations by introducing effective strategies in performance and wellbeing at all levels. The effectiveness of such a positive working culture is measured and assessed using AMC2 Corporate Diagnostic innovative surveys which include measurement of psychosocial factors, stress and wellbeing. Having initially trained as a scientist, she carried out research with DEFRA and consultancy in the NHS.

She spent 10 years in Education before retraining as a stress management practitioner in 1996. She is the author of Stress Gremlins©, regularly writes/broadcasts and is an external lecturer at Westminster University. She is also a Key Note/Motivational speaker/Conference Chair.

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