Here but not here: Addressing the negative effects of presenteeism

Simplyhealth is sponsoring the CIPD Absence Management Survey for the third year running. This year, the survey has found that the average level of employee absence has fallen from 7.7 days to 6.8 per employee per year. However, the fall coincides with a rise in presenteeism. The threat of redundancies and concerns over job security are shown to contribute to this, with more people now going to work ill.

Stress related absence also appears to be on the increase, with 40% reporting a rise over the past year and only one in ten (10%) reporting that the problem had decreased. Stress continues to feature as the most common cause of long term absence, for the second year running.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is Europe's largest HR and development professional body with over 135,000 members. It supports those responsible for the management and development of people within organisations.