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Real Business - Tackle work-related stress to lower absence levels

By Letitia Booty 23 April 2018.

Stress is one of the main contributors to employee absence, but there are things businesses can do to tackle this issue.

Stress and stress-inducing situations have been singled out as one of the main cause of short-term absences (up to 26 weeks).

This is according to research from Group Risk Development (GRiD), which asked 500 HR professionals the key reasons for short-term absences within their organisations.

While acute medical conditions and musculoskeletal conditions each accounted for 15% of absences, 20% were attributed to home and family issues, and stress-related mental ill health was responsible for 12% of absences.

Work-related stress

Companies that felt their absence was higher than average for their industries cited stress as a contributing factor, with staff shortages, poor work/life balance and low morale all proffered as reasons.
 

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