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Stress is the Lead Cause for Absenteeism

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Jill Miller, CIPD adviser, said: “Stress is for the first time the number one cause of long-term sickness absence, highlighting the heightened pressure many people feel under in the workplace as a result of the prolonged economic downturn. Stress is a particular challenge in the public sector where the sheer amount of major change and restructuring would appear to be the root cause.”

“Pulling a sickie” was stated as the top reason for time off by employers, both public and private.

For manual workers, stress has overtaken physical conditions like neck pain and repetitive strain injury as causing absence, the survey revealed. Among office-based workers, stress has moved ahead of acute illnesses like cancer or heart attacks.

In a separate article, The Telegraph reinforces this by calling attention to a list of the most common reasons for absenteeism. You can see that stress lists dangerously high as a reason for both long-term and short-term absences.

Top 10 Causes of Long-Term Absence

  1. STRESS
  2. Acute medical conditions such as heart attack and stroke
  3. Musculoskeletal injuries such as neck strains
  4. Mental ill health
  5. Back pain
  6. Recurring medical conditions such as asthma
  7. Minor illness such as colds and headaches
  8. Pregnancy-related absence (not maternity leave)
  9. Work-related injuries and accidents
  10. Home/family responsibilities

Top 10 Causes of Short-Term Absence

  1. Minor illness such as colds and headaches
  2. STRESS
  3. Musculoskeletal injuries such as neck strains
  4. Back pain
  5. Home/family responsibilities
  6. Recurring medical conditions such as asthma
  7. Mental ill health
  8. Injuries and accidents not related to work
  9. Other absences not due to genuine ill health
  10. Acute medical conditions such as heart attack or stroke

This is an alarming trend. And something that can be easily fixed. We at yogatailor hope that more people will start doing yoga or other forms of gentle exercise to relieve chronic stress. Here’s to a healthier and stress-free planet!

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