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This Won’t Hurt a Bit: supporting small business to be healthy, wealthy and wise

Date: 6 Apr 2016

The fifth paper from the Health at Work Policy Unit suggests that there is a clear need for SMEs to support the health and wellbeing of their staff more consistently, and that there is a strong business, human and economic case for them doing so. 

The report identified a number of gaps in current provision and make a series of recommendations aimed at addressing these. These are grouped under three key themes:

  1. Taking a strategic approach to SME employee health and wellbeing
  2. Developing and delivering SME-appropriate training, resources and support
  3. Improving SME access to advice and support

For more information, please click here or attached Karen Steadman slides on SMEs are here

Sickness Absence

Stress related conditions and musculoskeletal disorders are now the most common reported causes of sickness absence from work in the UK. 

Sickness Absence

Annually the average sickness absence is 3.5% (8 days per employee) and the average cost of absence per employee is estimated at £666.  If you employ 100 people sickness absence is costing your business £66,000 each year.  (CIPD Employee Absence, July 2008). 

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