Nearly half of all companies say they have seen an increase in sickness absence in the last year according to latest CIPD research figures.

Short term sickness absences are due to a wide variety of reasons with minor illnesses such as coughs and colds making up the stats alongside stress.

Long term sickness absences are significantly more likely (perhaps unsurprisingly) to relate to mental heath conditions and stress.

What is your business doing to manage sickness absence? That doesn’t just mean reporting, record keeping and implementing capability procedures (although there’s a place for all of those of course) more importantly what are you doing to support people back to work, to encourage a healthy workplace in the first place and to minimise stress or undue pressure?

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