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Presentation by Katja Hall, director employment policy, CBI at the CBI's employee health & absence conference. London, June 2010.

Presentation by Katja Hall, director employment policy, CBI at the CBI's employee health & absence conference. London, June 2010.

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  • 1. On the path to recovery?: CBI/Pfizer absence and workplace health survey 2010
    • Katja Hall
    • Director of Employment Policy,
    • CBI
  • 2. Downward trend in days absence
    • The average days absence was 6.4 days in 2009, down from 6.7 days in 2007
    • Indicates that 180 million working days were lost
    • Absence remains the highest amongst manual workers and in large organisations
    • Absence was on average 2.5 days higher in the public sector
  • 3. The cost of absence
    • The average cost of absence was £595 per employee in 2009
    • Loss of productivity is seen as the single most important cost of employee absence
    • Employee absence cost the UK economy £16.8bn
    • Average costs varied amongst sectors and were highest in the public sector
  • 4. Drivers of absence
    • Minor illness accounts for most absence from work
    • Short term absence accounts for more than 9 in 10 of all absence spells
    • Back pain and non-work related stress were key drivers on long-term absence
    • While long-term absence accounts for less than one in ten of all spells of absence, it accounts for more than a fifth of all working time lost.
  • 5. Non-genuine sickness
    • Employers estimate that 15% of absence in their organisation is non-genuine
    • This equates to 27 million working days lost, at a cost of £2.5bn to UK economy
  • 6. Absence management policies: what works?
    • Proactive employee health and wellbeing policies and practices are now widespread
    • Employers believe the role of line manger is crucial
    • Improving GP understanding of workplace health is a priority
    • Employers welcome the new fit note
  • 7. Employee health and wellbeing
    • Three quarters of employers operate a wellbeing policy
    • Business case for employee health and wellbeing policies is seen in its positive impact on employee attendance
  • 8. Summary
    • Fall in the average number of days absence
    • Still a significant cost to the UK economy
    • Employers taking a proactive approach to absence management
    • Rise in number of employers investing in the health and wellbeing of their employees

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