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Common Causes of Sickness Absence
The main causes of sickness absence for employees are often:

* Minor illness (e.g. colds flu, stomach upsets and headaches)
* Stress
* Back pain
* Musculo-skeletal injuries
* Home/family responsibilities
* Recurring medical conditions
* Injuries/accidents not related to work
* Mental ill health

Workplace stress is the most common cause of long-term absence. It damages employee morale and productivity and can lead to high staff turnover.

A new leaflet, ‘Advising Patients About Work,’ published by The Stationery Office, encourages GPs to try to minimise the time patients spend away from work. Research has shown that for people with common health problems, work can lead to better health outcomes and minimise harmful physical, mental and social effects.

Employers therefore need to work with GPs to assist their employees in returning to work as soon as possible by making appropriate adjustments and providing support where necessary.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016

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