Absenteeism through stress - a major challenge for many organisations

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Absenteeism through stress, depression or anxiety is on the increase throughout the UK, in 2013/14 a staggering 11.3 million working days were lost and trend is set to continue. On average employees were off for 23 days but we know that if they are off for more than 4 weeks then there is only a 50% chance that they will ever return at all!

Although there is a general awareness of this challenge there are many organisations that do not know how it can be managed effectively.

The chances are that if you work for a big company you will have access to an Occupational Health service who will actively help your managers and employees with this. Yet research suggests that 50% of companies with less than 500 employees do not have access to such a service and indeed their management teams may not be aware of any such potential solutions.

Managing stress related absence does not need to be stressful! Recognising the signs and symptoms and acting quickly can prevent an employee’s absence from spiralling out of control.

Some simple preventative measures you can take are:

·       Carry out a stress risk assessment – http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/standards/index.htm

·       Carry out a stress survey and identify stress roles – These can be done online – http://www.stressinwork.co.uk/

·       Make sure you and managers know how to identify stress symptom – See our guide - http://www.stressinwork.co.uk/

If you already have unresolved cases and can see people struggling - no matter how few these cases are - the stress is huge for those individuals affected and disruptive to your organisation, often costing you time and money.

Occupational Health can help you resolve these and engaging with an Occupational Health service provider does not need to be a complex process.

Santia Occupational Health can provide this service for you on an ad hoc basis with no complex set up and no tie in and we can even offer you a free trial.

For more information please contact us.

Post date: 14 Aug 2015

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