It’s predicted that workplace absence will cost UK businesses an estimated £21 bn in lost productivity by 2020. As a business leader, you must invest in the health and wellbeing of you and your team. But one size doesn’t fit all.
When someone is absent from work, the remaining staff may take on the extra load. But when they come in to work sick, everyone is at risk of catching a cold – which is worse?
“People usually have no problem talking about feeling physically ill – because, that’s just biology, it’s fact, and it’s science.” This passage comes from an article written by Sarah Alonze, senior campaign director at Babel, around our lack of communication around mental health issues. Hoping to learn more about encouraging openness, we asked her a few questions.
The Centre for Mental Health has estimated that over half the cost to business of mental ill health at work is attributable to reduced productivity of employees when at work.
For a lot of young, but growing businesses, a health and wellbeing plan for employees might be viewed as something that’s nice to have in an ideal world, but an expense that cannot be spared in reality.
Research found that small businesses are experiencing higher than average absenteeism – 49 per cent of small business owners said staff were taking more than five days per year.
That the nation is filled with sleep deprived Brits is nothing new. But did you know those travelling from certain stations feel the dire need for a wake-up coffee more than others?
We don’t have enough fingers to count the times we’ve experienced one of those stressful, need-coffee-now days. No biggie, work is hard and employees should except that, right? Wrong, staff wellbeing needs your attention asap.
Continuing with her series of articles charting the end of her furniture building business, Jan Cavelle describes how toxic members of staff created a self-perpetuating cycle of violence and destruction.
A fifth of Brits come out with crazy stories for being absent from work, so we’ve got the ten most terrible sick day excuses bosses have been fed.
Monday 6 February has been dubbed “National Sickie Day”– the most popular day in the year for UK employees to be reliably unreliable and phone their bosses to say they won’t be in.
The majority of UK employees go to work when they are sick, but admit they are less productive and of no benefit to the business – so why not try banning them untill they recover?