Companies lose 12 million days to dental absence

08-08-2006

British companies are losing around 12 million working days a year to absence for dental treatment, new research shows.

The survey of 190 British companies by provider of healthcare benefits, HSA, found that this led to an associated cost of around £754 million per year being lost to businesses, with many companies omitting to monitor absence caused by dental treatment or pain.

Only around a quarter of companies surveyed said that they were prepared to pay for dental benefits for their staff, with 61 per cent saying that they thought it was the responsibility of workers to look after their own teeth.

However, helping staff with funding their dentist bills could actually have a positive effect for employers, claims HSA, as serious conditions could be spotted earlier, reducing time off that would need to be taken later.

"Firstly, by allowing employees to visit the dentist based on need rather than on affordability it may help towards the prevention of serious conditions; secondly as availability of private dental appointments may be more flexible around work hours, the length of absence taken for treatment may be reduced," said Suzanne Clarkson, head of corporate marketing at HSA.

The company also said that a corporate dental benefit could help with employee retention, a view which is shared by employers, with 57 per cent of businesses saying the main reason for providing it was to be 'seen as a caring employer'.



Bookmark with:
Bookmark with: Digg Digg Bookmark with: Del.icio.us Delicious Bookmark with: Reddit Reddit Bookmark with: StumbleUpon StumbleUpon Bookmark with: Google Google Bookmark with: Technorati Technorati Bookmark with: Netvouz Netvouz

Latest News:

Search News
News Front Page
Accountancy / Tax
Advertising / PR
Armed Forces
Automotive
Aviation / Aerospace
Banking / Finance
Charities / Voluntary
Childcare / Youth
Construction / Property
Customer Services
Education / Training / Teaching
Emergency Services
Engineering / Electronics
Entertainment / TV / Theatre
Graduate Roles
Health / Beauty
Hotel / Catering / Restaurants
HR / Recruitment
Insurance / Pensions
International / Overseas
IT / Internet
Legal
Management / Business
Manufacturing / Industry
Media / New Media / Creative
Medical / Healthcare
Pharmaceutical Industry
Public Sector
Retail / Wholesale
Sales / Purchasing / Marketing
Science / Technology
Secretarial / PA / Admin
Skilled / Semi-skilled Manual
Telecommunications
Transport / Logistics
Travel / Tourism / Leisure