Long-term absences from work due to sickness are at a record high in the UK. From April to June of 2023, nearly half a million people took leave from work because of a long-term illness, adding to the 2.5 million people already absent long-term. Recent figures reveal that over 185 million sick days were […]
Dealing with long-term absences from work
Budget health measures a ‘first step’ towards tackling workforce drop-outs
Experts have welcomed the ‘unprecedented’ focus on workplace health in this year’s UK Budget which places occupational health (OH) expertise at the heart of strategies to tackle workforce drop-outs due to ill health. However, the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) and Commercial Occupational Health Providers Association (COHPA) say that universal access to OH will be […]
Do you know if your boss would support you if you fell ill?
A fifth (19%) of employees do not know how their employer would support them if they were absent through ill-health or injury, 16% think that their employer provides no support and 9% said they would only receive Statutory Sick Pay of £96.35 per week. This is according to new research from GRiD, the industry body for the group […]
Should 2021 finally be the end of the ‘work til you drop’ culture?
More than half of British people have admitted to going to work when sick. The Audit Lab, a digital marketing agency in Bolton, asked the British public if they had ever felt too ill to work but gone in anyway. 56% of survey respondents admitted to going into work unwell and 60% of women said they […]
Absent without leave over Christmas? A quarter of Millennials will be
For many UK employees the pressures of juggling family, health and care demands alongside work commitments are a cause of major stress, anxiety and unplanned absences from work. That’s according to new research from Benenden Health, which says although a quarter of employees (25%) said unapproved absences from work had been down to over indulgence […]