Most of us have the odd day off work or ‘sickie’, and many of us also have the occasional prolonged absence, as a result of injury or illness. However, for a substantial minority, chronic ill-health, stress or depression results in regular long-term absence. Long-term absence is something that preoccupies both government and HR departments (it doesn’t make them fonder either), because of its cost to the economy and the organisation.
Our data suggest that there may also be a negative impact on individual quality of working life from long-term absence.
We’re interested in a number of research questions related to the impact of absence:
The data we've gathered recently sheds some light on these important questions. We’ll be writing up this research soon, but in the meantime, if you're interested in finding out more please get in touch.