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.
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 with your employer about problems in your personal life is just as important as talking about your health. Only by understanding the full picture will they know how best to support you.
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 support, people with mental health problems can thrive in the workplace and enjoy the same opportunities as their colleagues.
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 the unfortunate event of being involved in an accident or injury at work, it’s important to deal with the cause of the incident to prevent it from happening again.
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 repeated treatment and close management. In the majority of cases, it should be possible to manage your condition at work by following guidance from your GP, along with any necessary adjustments.