The cost of being (and not being) at work.
When talking about productivity, wellbeing and mental health in the workplace, there are three words which are seemingly becoming ubiquitous; absenteeism, presenteeism and leavism. We set out to gain a better understanding of the true cost of these phenomena to businesses and to the wider economy and present a brief numerical countdown exploring the issue.
The practice of regularly staying away from work or school without good reason.
The practice of being present at one's place of work for more hours than is required, especially as a manifestation of insecurity about one's job.
A term first coined in 2013 by Dr Ian Hesketh, a researcher at Lancaster University Management School in the UK, to describe the phenomena of employees using flexitime, annual leave, rest days and other leave entitlement schemes to have time off when they are in fact too unwell to go to work. He later extended this to include occasions whereby employees took work home and/or on holiday that they could not complete in paid working hours.
£99 billion The annual estimated cost to the economy of people leaving their jobs in the UK every year due to mental health-related issues.
£73 billion per year, the average cost of absenteeism and presenteeism to the UK economy each year. 27 days the amount of productive time per employee per year that is lost due to presenteeism. 6.6 Number of days of absence per employee per year, 8.5 days per employee in public sector and in larger organisations.
£30bn, the annual cost to the UK economy of the absence of efficient health and wellbeing programs
£8bn The annual cost of sickness absence due to mental ill health on the UK economy.
12.5 million The number of working days lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17
1.3 million The estimated number of people in 2015/16 suffering from an illness they believed was caused, or made worse, by work, according to the Health and Safety Executive
526,00 The number of workers suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety (new or long-standing) in 2016/17. 74% of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
300,000 The number of people leaving their jobs in the UK every year due to mental health-related issues
£30,614 The average cost of replacing members of staff for employers
£605 The average cost of presenteeism for businesses each year per person. 86% of survey respondents reported they have observed ‘presenteeism’ (people working when unwell) in their organisation over the past 12 months.) 12.3% The amount of time lost to presenteeism in the public sector.
69% Employees reporting that ‘leavism’ has occurred in their workplace in the past year according to new research from the CIPD
63% Number of manager saying they felt obligated to put the needs of their organisation above the wellbeing of individual staff, whilst only 22% of managers saying that they’d had training in spotting employees who are struggling.
2% Of staff would be willing to discuss their mental health and its impact on their role
1 The number of choirs who have an app supported system of learning aimed at tackling mental health and wellbeing in the workplace? On:song.
At On:song we are dedicated to raising the profile of wellbeing in the workplace, and creating healthy and supportive work environments. We run choirs for workplaces, focusing on improving employee wellbeing and mental health at work with our app-supported weekly singing programs.