1 in 4 companies still don't record sickness absence

Almost 1 in 4 companies still don’t record, track or monitor the sickness absence within their organisation. That means that 1 in 4 companies have no idea if their staff have unusually high levels of absence due to sickness, or why their staff are ending up off work. If you don’t know why something is happening, it’s clearly very hard to improve it.

The same research, from Group Risk Development, also revealed some interesting insights from the companies that did do some form of sickness monitoring.

  • 25% of companies reported that their absence levels have improved in the last 12 months
  • 10% say it has worsened.

The report also revealed the average number of days of absence due to sickness the companies had recorded.

  • 55% of companies reported that, on average, their staff took 5 or fewer days off sick in the last year.
  • 4% showed that their staff took more than 15 days off due to sickness in the last year!

What Next?

So, how do you get started in understanding your staff absence?

The first step is to establish an absence policy. Your staff need to know what actions they should take if they are absent. For example, who should they contact, who records it or do they need to produce a fit note from their doctor.

Team Absence has built in support for tracking staff sickness, as well as holidays and other forms of staff absence.


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