Flu and Colds are the most common cause of absence

Exclusive research from Employee Benefits magazine has revealed that minor ailments, flu and colds have consistently been the most common cause of sickness absence for UK  organisations over the last 12 months.

Of over 375 HR and benefits professionals who were questioned, 85% cited these symptoms as the most common cause for absence. Musculoskeletal ailments remain in second place, cited by 49%, followed by personal mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.

All three of these issues have risen up employers’ agendas over the years, as has the need for an effective health and wellbeing programme as the correlation between healthy staff and increased business performance is becoming more and more clear for organisations in the UK.  Use our interactive sickness absence calculator to measure the cost to your business through ill health! 

Health Performance provide a range of services which will enable you to take a proactive approach to the health and wellbeing of your workforce. Our health promotion and educational workshops are a great way of addressing key health issues in a fun, informative and engaging environment. We can tailor these sessions to suit your exact requirements and always help you promote and review the event so you can gauge the effectiveness of this type of event. Currently we are providing a large number of Summer Awareness Workshops and our Get Fit, Get Active days are always very popular. 

You will also find information on our onsite health screening and mini health checks here which is always a great event to run as it is consistently one of the most well attended by staff. Our onsite health screening involves NO exercise at all, is carried out onsite and each employee receives a SAME DAY confidential health report!  We then go a stage further by summarising all data into a Company Summary Overview Report allowing you to take an extremely proactive approach to employee health by evolving your strategy around this data.        

Please contact us if you would be interested in finding out more about how we can support your health and wellbeing requirements.  We will be delighted to help you!

For the original EB Magazine story please click here http://www.employeebenefits.co.uk/benefits/healthcare-and-wellbeing/most-common-causes-of-absence/102302.article