More than 130 million days are lost to sickness absence every year, with the associated costs of absence significantly impacting businesses. The costs are not just monetary; absence of any employee, including those key to the business, can hinder productivity, result in the breakdown of workplace relationships, create a gap in the chain of command and reduce the effectiveness of workplace teams. A significant change which increased employer suffering from sickness absence was the removal of the Percentage Threshold scheme. The ability to no longer re-claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) costs employers around £1.5 billion per year, whilst the payment of occupational sick pay costs around £6.9 billion per year, resulting in a yearly bill of around £9 billion for sick pay and associated costs. Employers and managers can choose to bury their heads in the sand and hope that sick employees will return to work, however, this is not always the case and surveys have shown that if an employee is absent for four weeks or more they are likely to not return to work. Absence is an issue which needs to be dealt with before it worsens and the impacts are significantly felt by the business.
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- Costs to businesses
- Return to Work
- Sickness absence abuse
- Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs)