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Flexible working could reduce absenteeism

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The proposed benefits of flexible working continue to mount as a new survey shows that employees using the scheme would no longer skip work.

The Kronos Absence Survey, commissioned by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated and conducted by Harris Interactive, found that 43% of UK employees admit to having called in sick to work when they were not actually sick.

That number increases amongst younger workers, with 65% of the 16-24 age group admitting to taking bogus sick days, compared with just 25% of the 55-64 age group and 40% of the 25-30 age group.

But when asked what their employers could do to prevent them from calling in sick when they were not really ill, the top response from those surveyed was to offer employees the opportunity to work flexible hours.

In total, 50% of respondents would like flexible hours; 39% would like the opportunity to take unpaid leave; 33% would like the option to work from home occasionally; 32% think that more paid leave is the answer and 27% would like the chance to take ‘duvet days’ – days that can be taken as leave at short notice.

According to the results, the top two ways to spend a fake sick day are staying at home and watching TV or staying in bed. However, taking care of a sick child was also high in the list of reasons, showing the need to give some individuals – like working parents – access to flexible hours.

For more on the idea and how it can be used among your workforce, contact our employment experts today.

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Written by Andrew Hodges

October 5, 2011 at 9:52 am

Posted in Comment, LinkedIn

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