A growing number of firms in the UK are using wellbeing programmes in a bid to effectively manage sickness absence among employees, according to new reports from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
The CIPD reports that 42 per cent of organisations have implemented a wellbeing strategy to this end during the past year, as opposed to 26 per cent in the year before.
This is evidence of the fact that a rising proportion of employers are looking to tackle sickness related absenteeism through a system of care, promoting health and wellbeing among their workforces, it has been suggested.
In total it is thought that 60 per cent of public sector organisations have a wellbeing strategy in place, up from 42 per cent at this point last year, indicative of positive developments in this area.
"Employers are increasingly recognising the benefits that that can be gained by supporting employee wellbeing," remarked Ben Willmott of the CIPD, according to Personnel Today.
Last month the Department for Work and Pensions announced the creation of a new task group dedicated to tackling sickness absence in the UK, thought to be responsible for the loss of 175 million working days each year.