Is HR accidentally contributing to high absenteeism levels?

Is HR accidentally contributing to high absenteeism levels?

Businesses could be inadvertently contributing to high absentee levels by maintaining a poor working environment, AdviserPlus warns.

In the firm’s Absenteeism Report 2018, researchers found that the majority of the people (64%) said that they felt that a poor work environment could ‘substantially’ contribute to sickness levels. Only two per cent of respondents felt that it has no impact at all.

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Comments (2)

  • Michelle S
    Michelle S
    Thu, 29 Nov 2018 2:06pm GMT
    Agree with the article, work environment is an important factor of employee health. But…your headline is disappointing and misleading.

    1. You never mention HR being responsible for this anywhere in your article. You refer to the “business” – which is more than just HR.
    2. HR are NOT responsible for facilities management. Strangely, it’s Facilities Management who are responsible for Facilities Management . Who knew?!

    Rather unfortunately for an HR publication, you’ve made the classic, very dated mistake of assuming that whatever can’t be easily allocated into a particular department will get lumped into HR. And the answer to that is - No.

    5/10 – must try harder.
  • Alison Derrick
    Alison Derrick
    Fri, 9 Nov 2018 9:50pm GMT
    Totally agree with this. The comfort of the office environment, the desk set up, seating, computer set up, air flow etc all crucial. But this is at odds with the almost universal drive for hot desking, fewer desks between more people, the constant need to sit at a desk where everything has been set up for the previous user. Recent articles on retaining employees to helping them to be happy in their environment talks about being able to claim and personalise your own space and yet the whole drive seems currently to be in the opposite direction.

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