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Absenteeism from work

Your team probably averages about 6 days absence per year. But…when they are they absent have they stopped working?

Of the respondents to the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) Health & Well-being survey 2019

83% reported working when they were not well or working when off sick.

63% reported working on holiday or working when off sick

37% reported increasing absences because of stress-related issues. Workload and the volume of work; management style and relationships at work at the top causes of stress-related absence.

The most reported reasons for long-term absence (as reported by the CIPD report) are:

  • Acute Medical Conditions (eg stroke, heart attack, cancer);
  • Stress;
  • Mental ill-health (depression and anxiety);
  • Musculo-skeletal injuries (such as back, neck and wrist pain);
  • Back pain;
  • Recurring medical conditions (eg asthma, allergies);
  • Minor illness (eg colds/flu, headache, migraine);
  • Work-related injuries/accidents;
  • Pregnancy-related absence (not maternity leave);
  • Home/family/carer responsibilities;
  • Drink or drug-related conditions;
  • Non-genuine ill-health