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Employee Development To Combat Rising Absence Levels


The cost of bogus sickies, claimed by nine million workers each year could be capped by implementing employee development schemes.

These are the findings of a survey conducted by training and development organisation Changing Perspective.

A quarter of people interviewed admitted to feigning illness to attend a job interview, whilst a third of mid-week visitors to the UK’s major theme parks have not taken a holiday in order to attend.

And if they’re not riding a rollercoaster, employees are out drinking: two thirds of young professionals quizzed admitted to pulling a sickie within the last month in order to recover from a heavy night’s drinking.

Workplace absence cost the UK £12.2 billion last year, with rogue infirmity losing companies £1.7 billion.

Just over half of UK employers have signalled their concern with almost nine out of ten (87%) companies considering action to deal with the problem.

Employee development schemes, inspirational leadership and honesty during the recruitment process are the recommended means of combating the issues; yet Fiona Silberbach, Managing Director of Changing Perspective, admits it isn’t an issue that will disappear quickly:

“Absenteeism cannot be changed overnight, nor can it be tackled by one activity, such as bringing in free incentives or staff messages.

“It is a holistic approach, about longer term belief in investing time and energy into employees and creating an environment which helps people believe in themselves, their jobs and their colleagues.”


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