New research from Bupa suggests that staff absenteeism is putting additional stress on employees who are left to hold the fort.
The research says that other effects on colleagues include other employees having to pick up the extra workload and having to take on extra overtime.
Despite the challenges of sickness absence for both unwell employees and their colleagues, excluding private health insurance, 45% of companies lack a workplace health programme for all employees. For example, absence case management or psychological support and coaching for employees when needed.
Alex Perry of Bupa says; "It is important that employers provide sufficient support to help people who are unwell get better and to return to work when they are able. While many companies know that there are potential benefits to investing in workplace health, one of the biggest barriers for employers is understanding how and where to invest in order to receive the most benefit."