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Redundancy fears curb staff absence

first_imgRedundancy fears curb staff absenceOn 5 Aug 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Theeconomic downturn has contributed to a 10 per cent drop in absence levels asemployees increasingly fear the threat of redundancy.EmployeeAbsence 2003, a survey of more than 1,300 HR practitioners by the CharteredInstitute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), shows a fall from an average of10 to nine days per person.MikeEmmott, the CIPD’s head of employee relations said: “The biggest singleinfluence on absence levels is management action. However, where employees feelmore insecure, this can also have an effect.”Stressis still the most common cause of long-term sickness absence among non-manualworkers and is alarmingly high in the public sector, with almost 60 per cent oforganisations citing it as the main cause.Lessthan 30 per cent of private sector organisations regard stress as the majorcause of long-term absenteeism.Thesurvey shows that three-quarters of organisations believe minor illnesses, suchas colds and flu, are the most common causes of absence, compared with just overhalf last year.Theresearch also shows that 38 per cent of NHS workers and 30 per cent of localgovernment workers find their work either ‘stressful’ or ‘very stressful’against an average of 25 per cent for all workers.www.cipd.org.uk Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more