Recent reports show that the annual cost of sickness absence has climbed to £29 billion for UK organisations.
Ask an HR advisor and they will say that a robust sickness absence policy needs to be put in place. There will be a real focus on return to work interviews. A slightly more forward thinking company may start to look to support mechanisms. Beware though one to one reviews on a regular basis may not provide the support that they suggest.
Systems are all very well but people are all different and need individual consideration. Managers who have the foresight to support individuals before things go wrong will see the huge difference this makes.
If is very easy to slot people onto categories in our minds. Those who go off sick and those who are reliable. Every now and then someone who you thought was in the reliable camp goes off sick. This person may well be able to give you the real insight into the causes of sickness in staff but perhaps you won’t believe them until it happens to you. If we can open our minds and learn not to label others in this way we will be more able to see ways to help others.
Giving employees the tools they need to cope with a demanding and hectic role is a constructive way to deal with the problem of every rising stress levels.
If staff have a coping mechanism, then when things get tough then they are less likely to get sick and more likely to rise to the challenge. An amount of stress can boost performance so long as it doesn’t go on to long or reach too high a level. Mindfulness is the safety valve that you need.
Mindfulness can help us all when things get tough. We learn when we need to take a break. Rather than getting bogged down and struggling to function we are able to focus and complete tasks in a methodical fashion.
The amazing sense of achievement that comes from being more successful at work will boost morale for individuals and teams in any organisation. Happy staff make healthy staff and healthy staff make happy staff. It works both ways. Everyone benefits, the organisation and the individual.