AbsenteeismWhile well aware of the problem of absenteeism, many managers do not have a clear understanding of the full costs of employee absence. It is estimated that 131 million days are lost due to sickness in the UK alone (National Office statistics 2014) at a cost to companies of approximately £14 billion every year.
Cost implications to employers for absenteeism include:
- Compensating employees who are absent
- Expense to fill the gaps with overtime
- Hiring contract workers and associated training costs
- Cost of managers time and loss of productivity
PresenteeismIn addition to these costs it is estimated that these costs double if you take into account Presenteeism; these are the costs associated with employees who physically present at work, due to ill health and poor wellbeing are unable to perform productively for the organisation. Presenteeism can include physical and psychological health.
Problems for employers for presenteeism include:
- Loss of productivity
- Low morale of management and staff having to compensate
- Relationship strain
Organisational Wellbeing: managing stress in the workplaceSuccessful employers know that organisations perform better when their staff are healthy, motivated and focused. Research consistently shows that when employees feel their work is meaningful and they are valued and supported, they tend to have higher wellbeing levels, be more committed to the organisation’s goals and, importantly, they take less sick days and perform better. This strong relationship between levels of staff wellbeing and motivation and business performance is often called ‘employee engagement’.
Occupational Rehabilitation: Return to work
Case StudyPaul had been feeling increasingly stressed at work following some of the cutbacks which meant that he was now effectively covering the work of two workers. This increased stress was affecting his ability to relax and switch off when he went home with him often checking his emails and writing reports at home. This in turn led to him become tired and irritable with his family which he felt bad about and was unable to sleep until the early hours each night. Eventually Paul found he could not function at work and went to see his GP who signed him off work with anxiety and depression.
In this instance Oxford CBT helped with an Initial assessment, identifying Paul’s goals and aims which included returning to work. We then provided a personal treatment package liaising closely with the company’s occupational health team enabling Paul to make a graded return to work.
Other areas that CBT is effective in the workplaceCognitive behavioural therapy is also useful for:
- Building confidence with presentations
- Overcoming procrastination and poor time management
- Relationship issues
- Low mood or low morale
- Anti-social behaviours
- Sleeping difficulties
- Substance misuse
Does your company have Health Insurance?You may be able to claim on your company health insurance policy for some of our treatments for your employees.
What can Employers expect from Oxford CBT?As an employer you can expect Oxford CBT to work with employers, trades unions and healthcare professionals to:
- Provide assessment of the workplace
- Improve Workplace Wellbeing
- Assessment of individuals who are experiencing difficulties
- Provide treatment assisting return to work and wellbeing
- Educating individuals and raising awareness
- Developing and adding to the range and capacity of occupational health services
- Providing practical rehabilitation packages and effective support for employers and employees
You can also expect us to:
- Give you rapid response to your enquiry
- Arrange an initial assessment appointment
- Give you an action plan
- Arrange further appointments for group or individual sessions
Choose Oxford CBT for your workplace, contact us to help with your Employee Wellness Programme.
Oxford CBT for Professionals
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