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CIPD: Employee sickness

The CIPD has published its findings of its annual health and wellbeing at work survey.

The key findings include:

  • Sickness absence- The average level of employee sickness absence rate is 7.8 days per employee. This is the highest level for over a decade.
  • Stress and mental health – Around 76% of institutions reported some stress related absences. These were related to heavy workloads and management styles. Mental health continues to be the most common focus of wellbeing initiatives which includes mental health first aid training, wellbeing champions and promoting flexible working.
  • Presenteeism and leaveism –   These remain prevalent with 87% of organisations observing presenteeism (coming to work when unwell) and 63% overserving leavesim (using annual leave to work or unwell).
  • Manager training – Only 30 % of institutions provide training for managers on how to support people with health problems to stay in work.
  • Wellbeing strategy – 53% of organisations have a wellbeing policy and the number agreed that wellbeing was on the agenda of senior leader remained high (69%).
  • Menopause and pregnancy – 24% of organisations have a menopause policy. 37% have a provision for pregnancy loss. Only 15% have a policy for menstrual health but 19% plan to propose one.

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