Managing Staff Absence in Your Practice

Statistics from the CIPD show that staff absence levels have dropped in the public sector. However, staff absence is still a concern. Read on to find out more about staff absence and the methods used to address the issue.

Staff absence in the UK

The recently released results of the 2016 CIPD Absence Management Survey show that the overall average level of employee absence has dropped compared to last year to 6.3 days per employee per year, its lowest level for seven years. However, these figures vary across sectors, with 8.5 days per employee being the average for public sector employees and 5.2 days for private sector employees. 

Over 90% of public sector organisations record their annual employee absence rate. The survey recently conducted concludes that average absence levels are highest in the public services and non-profit sectors. Employees working in the Health and Care sectors lose some of the highest numbers of day per year, on average. 

Why is staff absence so high within the medical sector?

A quarter of working time lost in the public sector is attributed to long-term absence of four weeks or more, undoubtedly having a negative effect on the running of businesses - but why are people taking time off work?

The top five causes of staff absence: 

  1. Minor illness

  2. Stress

  3. Musculoskeletal injuries

  4. Home/family/carer responsibilities

  5. Mental ill health (for example clinical depression and anxiety)

What methods are used to manage stress in the workplace?

  1. Staff surveys

  2. Flexible working options/improved work–life balance

  3. Risk assessments/stress audits

  4. Training for line managers to more effectively identify and manage stress in their team

  5. Employee assistance programmes

How Towergate can help

At Towergate, we understand the impact staff absence can have on your practice. This is why we offer locum insurance so that your practice won't go understaffed should your practice's GPs need some time off.

Call us today on 0143 873 9657 to find out how we can help you reduce the impact of staff absence on your business.

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