• Paulette Kumar

How To Reduce Staff Absenteeism in your Organisation

Updated: Jun 20, 2018

Why Stress Management is Needed to Reduce Staff Absenteeism;

For UK organisation’s the yearly cost of sickness absence is now in the region of £29 billion, according to recent research by the CIPD

Staff sickness is a problem for both public sector organisations but typically, the public sector has seen the highest level of absenteeism. The ONS shows that public sector workers are 24% more likely to take time off due to sickness than their private sector counterparts.

Mental health is becoming an increasing concern for workplaces. The Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO) Annual Report: Public Mental Health, 2014 said: “More needs to be done to help people with mental illness stay in work, as since 2009, the number of working days lost to ‘stress, depression and anxiety’ has increased by 24% and the number lost to serious mental illness has doubled.

Employers should provide a stress-free work environment, recognise where stress is becoming a problem for staff, and take action to reduce stress. Stress in the workplace reduces productivity, increases management pressures, and makes people ill in many ways, evidence of which is still increasing. Workplace stress affects the performance of the brain, including functions of work performance; memory, concentration, and learning.

Workplace stress can lead to and may be a part of a person's suffering from a mental health condition.

Prolonged exposure to stress commonly leads to clinical depression, which is a serious mental illness that for many people can quickly become life-threatening, depending on individual response, and external interventions and support, or lack of any.

In the UK over 13 million working days are lost every year because of stress.

In the majority and perhaps all of these cases stress equates to a degree of mental illness.

Stress is believed to trigger 70% of visits to doctors, and 85% of serious illnesses (UK HSE stress statistics).

Stress at work, therefore provides a serious risk of litigation for all employers and organisations, carrying significant liabilities for damages, bad publicity and loss of reputation. Dealing with stress-related claims also consumes vast amounts of management time.

Every year in the UK over 6,000 people take their own lives. In many cases workplace stress is a major factor.

Stress is not the same as a high-pressure job work situation, or a heavy workload, or the threat of redundancy. Any of these things can easily give rise to clinical stress in a worker, but many people operate happily under pressure, and can handle a redundancy threat or a period of very intense work, without suffering from stress.

Impacts of sickness absence

Sickness absence has numerous impacts on businesses and other organisations, both direct and indirect. These include:

  • Reduction in productivity due to less workers.

  • Obligations to pay the salary or sick pay of absent workers.

  • Having to find, train and pay for temporary cover.

  • The possibility of reduced customer satisfaction & patient care.

  • Reduction in motivation and morale from the other staff

Top Tips

  1. The first step to reducing costs is to ensure you are monitoring and recording staff absences.

  2. Change employee behaviour through wellness programs and 1-2-1 coaching

  3. Provide stress management awareness and preventative training for senior managers

  4. Help employees return to work with ease and flow

  5. Reduce office stress by improving systems and processes

  6. Offer flexible working

  7. Adjust your time-off policy

We help organisations by:

Working closely with senior managers to help them recognise and reduce stress in the workplace. In addition, we work directly with frontline staff and provide tools, practical stress management techniques and 1-2-1 coaching to help employees dealing with depression and stress; to work through their issues and stay In work

  1. Help employees to develop new habits which regularly remove and distract health care professionals from stressors and stressful situations and pressures are essentially how to manage stress on a more permanent basis.

  2. Team Development Exercises

  3. Speech Exercises (warm-ups and ice-breakers, presentation skills and public speaking, motivation, inspiration and leadership)

  4. Corporate life-cycle exercises (organisational understanding for selling, management, own-organisation awareness).

  5. Team Building Games and Activities

  6. Stress exercise (demonstrating stress, ice-breaker, team-working, teamwork pressures and confusion). Demonstrating stress and its causes safely and enjoyably is not easy. Providing solutions to which can help towards better understanding and dealing with the causes of workplace stress, especially stress arising from pressurised team-working

  7. 1-2-1 Coaching

How do you currently manage work related stress?

Could you be doing more to alleviate work-related stress in your organisation? Do you have a high absenteeism and staff turnover rate? If you have answered yes, get in touch with Paulette Kumar and implement some fantastic preventative measures that'll ensure you see a reduction in work-related stress, an increase in staff morale and overall productivity

Get in touch today

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