Causes of absence

There can be many causes of workplace absence. Some people struggle with long term health problems, while others find it difficult to balance their work and care commitments. Understanding how to look after yourself, and who to turn to for support, can be the difference between a long absence and a short one.

  • Non work-related absence

    Although health problems are a major cause of workplace absence, other non-work related (social) factors can cause you to be off work or prevent you returning. Being open and honest…

  • Mental health problems

    Almost half of all long term sickness is due to mental health problems. These impact more heavily on your ability to work than any other illness. However, with the right…

  • Accidents and injuries

    It is widely recognised that being in work is beneficial for your overall health. Statistics also show that workplaces are becoming safer, with a decreasing number of workplace injuries. In…

  • Illness

    Short and long term sickness causes a significant amount of absence from work. Some illnesses can be treated successfully at home using over-the-counter medication, while other conditions are lifelong, requiring…