Caring issues ‘main cause of absence from work’

Problems can result in mental illness Caring issues are the main cause of short-term absence for 61% of employers, research shows. The survey found home and family issues, which are often related to caring issues, plus more specific issues with providing elder and child care are resulting in absence from work and lost productivity. For 49% of employers these issues are a main cause of mid-term absence, lasting four to six weeks. For 43% of employers they are a main cause of long-term absence, lasting in excess of six months. The survey found that caring issues can also be a contributory factor in the development of mental illness or the deterioration of mental health. The survey found mental ill-health is a main cause of short-term absence for 17% of employers, this figure may be artificially low because people often give another reason for their absence. Mental ill-health is a main cause of mid-term absence for 36% of employers and a main cause of long-term absence for 42% of employers. Flexible working was the main solution put in place to reduce absence and improve attendance, cited by 36% of employers. Excerpt from Health Insurance Daily, read the full article here.

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