In a report from the Office of National Statistics released earlier this year, it was revealed that in 2017, the top three reasons for working days lost due to sickness absence were musculoskeletal problems, mental health problems and minor illnesses. The last category is a fairly broad one but can encompass some common illnesses like flu or sickness bugs that are easily spreadable in the workplace.
The Health and Safety Executive reports annually on workplace absence, and the most recent figures suggest that there were 1.4 million workers suffering from work-related ill health (new or long-standing) in 2017/18. This resulted in 26.8 million working days lost, for 2017/18, and in the previous year, the annual costs of work-related injury and new cases of ill health (excluding long latency illness such as cancer) was a staggering £15 billion.
The numbers are mind-boggling, but if you turn your attention back to your team you’ll see there are many ways to create an environment where your colleagues can prevent illness, or flag it early when it does happen.
So let’s take a look at those top three reasons for sickness:
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