Stress tops tables

Yesterday, the CIPD launched its sickness absence report, based on responses from over 600 organisations throughout the UK.  The results show that stress-related sickness is now the leading cause of absence in both manual and non-manual professions.  What makes this finding more worrying is that in reality the figures are likely to be even higher. This survey reflects the individuals that are willing to go to their GPs and HR professionals and admit that they are stressed. At a time…

Is the ‘fit note’ working?

The 'Statement of Fitness for Work', or the 'fit note' as it is affectionately known, came into effect on 6 April, as introduced in my previous blog dated 18 February.  One month on, what impact has it had so far? Few people would argue that sickness absence costs employers financially.  It also costs other employees, who may face an increased workload as they cover for absent colleagues.  When the same person is off work for several weeks or months, then the costs to…

A fitting alternative to sick notes?

Starting in April this year the traditional ‘sick note’ is to be replaced by a new system which will see GPs completing a ‘fit note’ instead. Under the new arrangement GPs must decide whether a patient is ‘not fit for work’ or ‘fit for some work’.....The key to the success or failure of the new ‘fit note’ scheme is the quality and effectiveness of a tripartite relationship – between the GP, the employee and the employer. Each has a responsibility and a part to play in making the new system…