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Cover Magazine - Workplace stress the main reason for short-term absence

Lack of workplace initiatives and no group protection both reasons for higher than above average employee sickness

According to research by industry body Group Risk Development (GRiD), stress and stress-inducing situations are the main causes of short-term absence (up to 26 weeks).

Home and family issues account for one-in-five short-term absences, dealing with childcare issues accounts for almost 17%, while eldercare issues are responsible for one-in-10 absences.

Fifteen percent of short-term absences are attributed to both medical conditions (such as heart attack and cancer) and musculoskeletal conditions.

The above stressful situations all contribute to the psychological state of those directly affected and these, compounded by the 12% of absences recorded as due to work-induced anxiety alone, make poor mental health the biggest reason why time is taken off work by individuals, according to the research.

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