Tag Archives: sickness absence

Fit for Work – health and work advice, health assessments and return to work plans

Sickness absence is a major problem for the UK economy – 131 million days were lost due to sickness absences in the UK in 2013[i]. It incurs significant costs for employers (e.g. the cost of temporary cover, lost productivity, etc.) … Continue reading

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Stoptober – kick the smoking habit

During October 2014, thousands of people across England are taking part in Stoptober, a 28-day challenge to stop smoking, which leads smokers through a detailed step-by-step programme to help them achieve their aim of quitting smoking for good. Giving up … Continue reading

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Workplace bullying

Workplace bullying is sometimes known as the ‘silent epidemic’ and many workplaces don’t have any structures in place to deal with it. This is partly because it’s not always easy to define bullying and prove that it is actually taking … Continue reading

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Alcohol and work

Excessive alcohol consumption on the part of employees can manifest itself in various ways, including: employees coming to work with a hangover; staff drinking socially at lunchtime thus becoming less productive and, potentially, putting the safety of other employees at … Continue reading

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Health and Work Service – helping those with four weeks’ sickness absence to return to work

The new Health and Work Service (the Service) has been receiving a substantial amount of news coverage in the past week or so as individuals, employers and organisations take stock of how the new service might affect them. Views that … Continue reading

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Effect of ill health in the workplace on worker productivity

According to research by Price Waterhouse Coopers, the annual cost of sickness absence has climbed to almost £29 billion for UK organisations. This is a mind-boggling figure, but to put it into some context, the cost of sickness absence was … Continue reading

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Sickness absence: the health of the nation

In the current environment of job insecurity, increased pressure at work and the subsequent increases in stress and stress related issues, occupational health services are more indispensable than ever. Occupational health is a term we’ve all heard and one that … Continue reading

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Calling in sick? Are you actually ill, or are there other issues at play? What employers can do to help

New research from Axa PPP Healthcare has produced some interesting figures concerning the reaction of some SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) to staff who phone in sick. The survey revealed that 60% of bosses of SMEs do not always believe … Continue reading

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The Stoptober 2013 challenge – helping people to quit smoking

During October 2013, thousands of people across England are taking part in Stoptober, a 28-day challenge to stop smoking, which leads smokers through a detailed step-by-step programme to help them achieve their aim of quitting smoking for good. Giving up … Continue reading

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Phased return to work after sickness absence

After a person has been absent from work due to illness, especially when the person has been absent over a prolonged period of time, a phased return to work may be the best way of helping the person to re-adjust … Continue reading

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