This report, produced in partnership with Simplyhealth, sets out the findings of the CIPD’s fourteenth national survey of absence management trends, policy and practice. The survey provides useful benchmarking data for organisations on absence levels and the cost and causes of absence as well as a focus on employee well-being. The analysis is based on replies from 618 organisations employing a total of 2.3 million employees.
The survey reports that, after a small decrease last year, absence is back up to the levels observed in 2011 and 2010, at an average of 7.6 days per employee.
"The high costs of absence and ‘presenteeism’ highlight the value of a strong focus on
managing health for all organisations. Effective communications with employees
and line managers to identify threats to well-being and a robust understanding of the
causes of absence are an essential part of this to ensure effective and timely interventions."
Includes a case study from EDF Energy, which is embedding health and well-being into its existing safety culture and 'zero harm' approach.