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I Dropped A Can Of Beans On My Toe

We all heard some sickness excuses in our time and a recent CIPD survey shows that things won’t be improving any time soon.

According to the CIPD’s annual Absence Management survey for 2013, the public service sector recorded the highest absence levels, with employees off sick for an average of 8.7 days. This is a rise on last year’s 7.9 days, which represented the lowest levels of recorded absence in the sector for a decade.

The employees taking the least amount of time off sick came from the manufacturing and production sector, with only six days a year per employee.

Stress and musculoskeletal injuries continue to top the list of causes of absence and, despite nearly 40 per cent of employers increasing their focus on stress management over the past 12 months, stress-related absence has seen a steady rise over the last year for the UK’s workforce.

For help managing your absence levels speak to our Employment Team.

By Louise Addison

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