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    Presenteeism costing firms £29bn, says Deloitte mental health report

    Poor mental health is costing UK employers up to £45 billion, an increase of 16 per cent since it last investigated the issue in 2017, according to new analysis by Deloitte.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 24 January 2020

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    The hidden productivity gap

    To increase productivity is a challenge for government, business and organisations, public and private. The latest figures show a less-than-healthy picture, with the UK economy losing an estimated £81 billion each year through ill health-related absence and presenteeism.

    By Professor Dame Carol Black and Shaun Subel on 06 January 2020

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    Number of UK sick days rose fractionally last year

    An estimated 141.4 million working days were lost due to sickness or injury in the UK in 2018, equivalent to 4.4 days per worker, official figures show.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 11 November 2019

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    Power and risk

    The recent story of diminishing public investment in HSE and local authority enforcement has sometimes been justified as a necessary focus on the higher hazards against everyday risks.

    By Mike Robinson, Chief executive, British Safety Council on 01 October 2019

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    Beware the working dead: presenteeism, a sacrifice too far?

    We've all been there. You're at work but your mind is not only not on the job, it's not even in the building. Concentration shot, an insistent headache thumps in time to clattering keyboards and you haven't written or said a constructive thing all afternoon. Welcome to presenteeism.

    By Matthew Holder, British Safety Council on 11 September 2019

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    Presenteeism: 83 per cent admit to working when ill

    Presenteeism among the 3.2 million workers reached by CIPD’s survey is being fuelled by rising stress and poor managers who are not trained to spot warning signs in staff.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 15 April 2019

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    MSD presenteeism in construction focuses minds in new study

    Loughborough University has been awarded £25,000 to further research into musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) presenteeism in the construction industry.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 22 February 2019

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    Presenting wellbeing

    Investing in staff wellbeing is crucial for driving up productivity.

    By Mike Robinson on 03 October 2018

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    Days lost to sickness in UK lowest since records began

    UK workers are taking the lowest number of sick days on record, but the new figures hide a ‘sting in the tail’ for health and productivity, commentators have warned.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 08 August 2018

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    Presenteeism ‘the true story’ behind UK’s record low sickness absence

    Days lost to sickness absence last year were the lowest since records began, the ONS reported with commentators pointing at presenteeism, rather than good health, as the reasons.

    By British Safety Council on 02 August 2018