Employers and their HR teams need to prepare to support their people. Research we conducted earlier this year found that 1 in 7 employees had been absent for four weeks or more in the past 12 months.
In November, Government statistics suggested there was a 1 in 18 risk of a person experiencing an absence lasting four weeks or more. But our results show that long-term absence can actually occur more often.
A 1 in 7 risk means the chances of needing to support employees suffering a long-term illness or injury is extremely likely for an SME, and for larger business, long-term illnesses could be a regular occurrence. It is therefore vital that HR teams are prepared and ready to support employees.