Employers failing to tackle effects of absenceOn 1 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Employers are still not doing enough to minimise the effects of absencewithin their organisations, according to the Work Foundation. Absence costs about £11bn, or 9 per cent of the annual salary costs oflarger employers, estimated the study Attendance Management, yet the headlinefigures for absence are virtually unchanged. The UK average has just risen for the first time in six years, to seven daysper worker. While 89 per cent of absences were short term, long-term episodesaccoun-ted for 56 per cent of days lost and up to 70 per cent of the costs. Every week, about 3,000 people moved from long-term sickness to ongoingincapacity benefit. Of the 2.7 million people now receiving incapacity benefit,only just over 1 per cent rejoin the workforce each week. Yet despite the scale of the problem, 57 per cent of employers still do notcost absence, which suggests a lack of data or insight, said the foundation. “While headline figures have not changed, the renewed focus on thebottom line has highlighted the real cost of absence to UK organisations,”said Stephen Bevan, the report’s author and deputy director of research at theWork Foundation. “The good news is that sensible management techniques can make animmediate and positive impact,” he added. Related posts:No related photos.