Occupational Health Matters
Staff absence from work costs the UK economy £13.2 billion.
The average employee takes almost seven days a year absence due to sickness (CBI survey 2008) and the CIPD suggests that sickness costs an average of £666 per employee, per year.
Therefore, every day off costs approximately £100 per day.
Approximately 70% of all sickness absence is due to psychological ill health or musculoskeletal disorders.
The primary focus of occupational health teams is to keep people well at work – both physically and mentally.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
It is important to inspire and to learn together because:
‘It is neither wealth nor splendour; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.’
– Thomas Jefferson
It is important that we listen to each other because we should:
‘Be an encourager, the world has enough critics already.’