The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s cabinet has been discussing the increased level of “sickies” being taken by council staff.
In the period from April 1st 2017 to September 30th 2017 [Labour lost control of the council in May 2017] there was an 18.35% increase in the number of days off sick taken by council staff.
It was reported that the overall sickness absence rates (i.e. working time lost per full
time equivalent over the period April 2017 to September 2017) was 4.45 days total
days lost on average per employee – compared with 3.76 days in the same period of in the year 2016
74% of all the absences April 2017 to September 2017 period were categorised as “long-term” – (over four weeks in duration) compared with 26% short-term
absence. This showed an increase in long-term sickness compared with the same period of 2016.
The most common reason given for sickness was “stress” – with the ratio of sickness absence relating to stress increasing from 24.1% to 28.8%.
All employees who suffer from stress are now automatically being referred to the Occupational Health Service for advice and are offered “counselling support“. Managers also receive “training and support in completing stress risk assessments.”