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

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