Small businesses are making more use of flexible working to reduce absence than large employers, according to research from Group Risk Development (Grid).
The research shows that while absence is an issue across the board for businesses of all shapes and sizes, 35 per cent of SMEs with up to 249 employees are actively using flexible working strategies to combat absence, to just 23 per cent of organisations with over 250 employees.
But bigger employers are considerably more likely to use health and wellness programmes, used by 32 per cent of large firms, compared to just 13 per cent of SMEs.
The research shows 23 per cent of larger firms use stress counselling, compared to 14 per cent of smaller firms. SMEs are more likely to use return to work interviews, used by 17 per cent of SMEs, compared to 13 per cent of larger employers.
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