Stress and anxiety – the main reasons given for staff “sickies” in the Vale of Glamorgan Council – are being reduced, according to the council’s latest sickness statistics.
In 2015 “stress” was the given as the cause for no less than 31.7% of all staff “sickies” . In 2016 however the rate has miraculously fallen – and now it’s just the reason given for 24% of claimed days-off sick.
Cases of stress have miraculously fallen from a rate of 31.7% to 24.1% – but, that said, stress is still far and away the main reason Vale staff take time off .
The reduction in stress appears to have been brought about because now all staff said to be suffering from “stress and anxiety”, are being automatically referred to the occupational health service and are being offered “counselling support”.
Meanwhile council managers are are being given “stress-awareness training” and are carrying out “stress risk-assessments” on their staff . On average, in the six months from April to September this year, Vale staff claimed 3.76 days off “on the sick”.( the equivalent of 7.52 days per year) .
Social Services continues to be the council department with the highest rate of staff sickness with claims running at the rate of over 11 days-off sick per year.