Preventing Absenteeism

Topics: European Union, Illness, Health care Pages: 45 (9645 words) Published: August 18, 2014
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PREVENTING
ABSENTEEISM AT
THE WORKPLACE
RESEARCH SUMMARY

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EUROPEAN FOUNDATION
for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

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PREVENTING
ABSENTEEISM AT
THE WORKPLACE
RESEARCH SUMMARY

EUROPEAN FOUNDATION
for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

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Foundation Publications listed in this report are on sale from the official sales agents of the EU or the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, L-2985, Luxembourg.
1.

Preventing Absenteeism at the Workplace - European Research Report. Cat. No. SX-05-97-422-EN-C, ISBN 92-828-0418-6. ECU: 34

2.

Preventing Absenteeism at the Workplace - Portfolio of Good Practice. Cat. No. SX-05-97-430-EN-C, ISBN 92-828-0420-8. ECU: 30

Cataloguing data can be found at the end of this publication Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 1997 ISBN 92-828-0339-2
© European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, 1997
For rights of translation or reproduction, applications should be made to the Director, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Wyattville Road, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Printed in Ireland

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Contents

Page
Introduction
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The costs of absenteeism related to
ill health

2

The European study on absenteeism
and ill health

3

13

Regulations and statistics on
workplace absenteeism

5

11

The perspectives of national
governments and social partners

4

7

15

Strategies to reduce workplace
absenteeism

19

3

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4

Models of good practice
Conclusions and recommendations

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Introduction

This publication is the summary report from the project ‘Ill-health and workplace absenteeism: initiatives for prevention’ of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in Dublin. The aim of the project is to document and assess organizational, health, rehabilitation and other initiatives designed to improve workers’ health and attendance at work. In the first phase of the project a background paper has been produced in which existing data on sickness absence were

analysed for patterns in different Member States, sectors and demographic groups. National information was provided by a
network of experts. The results showed major differences in the regulations and in the way these are applied, between as well as within countries. Although the methodological deficits and
difficulties are evident, the report highlights the causes and costs of absenteeism for different groups of workers and for different categories of enterprise.
In the second phase of the project eight national reports have been produced. These involve descriptions of the situation in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the United Kingdom. The reports focus on the strategies to address the causes of absenteeism. They include a review of absenteeism and measures to reduce rates in each of the Member States. In 5

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Preventing absenteeism at the workplace

these national reports the process of establishing such initiatives at the workplace, the participation of different groups in the work force and the costs and benefits have been analysed in the case studies.

In the final European synthesis report information from the earlier phases of the project has been updated and lessons from the
initiatives to reduce the incidence of ill-health and related workplace absenteeism have been presented, illustrated by
examples from the national case studies. Additional information has been assimilated,...
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