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CIPD survey shows marked increase in stress and mental health problems

The CIPD have released their annual absence management survey report based on replies from 578 organisations across the UK in reference to 1.5 million employees. Key findings include:

  • The average level of employee absence has increased from 6.6 days per employee in 2014 to 6.9 days in 2015.
  • The overall median cost of absence per employee is £554
  • Minor illness cause most short-term absences, followed by musculoskeletal injuries, back pain and stress.
  • The most common causes of long-term absence are acute medical conditions, stress, musculoskeletal injuries, mental ill-health and back pain.

Key health concerns raised by the report’s findings are:

  • 40% of respondents report that stress-related absence has increased over the past year, although this rises to 50% in public sector organisations.
  • 40% of organisations claim an increase in reported mental health problems (such as anxiety and depression) among employees in the past 12 months.
  • A third of organisations report an increase in people coming to work ill in the last 12 months, but 56% of those who have noticed an increase in ‘presenteeism’ have not taken any steps to discourage it.

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