While our sickness absence rates
still aren't where we want them to be, we are encouraged that the number of initiatives we have introduced are having a positive impact upon our rates and we will continue to build upon this improvement.
Considering that a large part of the work that union officers do is helping find ways for members to successfully return to work following illnesses and to support them through return processes, the cuts to trade union time will both extend these processes and be counterproductive with respect to absence rates
Two-fifths said long-term absence rates
were increasing, even though total absence rates
were low at 2.
RISING sickness absence rates
among staff cost a Teesside health trust nearly PS10m.
Driving down absence rates
, helping more employees return to work earlier and encouraging their well-being is critical for our economy.
Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families for South Tyneside Council, said: "The council is really pleased that unauthorised absence rates
in our primary and secondary schools remain among the lowest in the country.
The Reducing Absenteeism in the Public Sector Conference focuses on the latest national policy on health and wellbeing in the workplace and provides best practice to help reduce sickness absence rates
, improve productivity and make crucial financial savings.
Dave Watson of Unison said surveys by his union showed that absence rates
rose when jobs were cut and workloads remained the same, leaving surviving staff to plug the gaps.
An early intervention trial for 13,000 Spanish workers reduced absence rates
by 39%, the foundation said.
An investigation by the ECHO into absence rates
shows local authority workers have had well over half a million days off because of illness since 2010.
7 percent in 2009, and are at a 10-year low--well below the absence rates
Sickness absence rates
are the total number of days lost to sickness as a percentage of total contracted days.