Use flexibility to cut summer sickness, says broker

4790397677_8751edca0c_oEmployers should use short notice flexible working to counteract summer ‘sickness’, an insurance broker has said.

A study commissioned by PMI Health Group has found that 30% of companies have experienced more staff calling in sick during the warm weather. However, 54% of businesses do not operate flexible working policies that staff can access at short notice.

PMI Heath Group director Mike Blake said employers need to consider whether illness or lifestyle issues are causing the absences. “Employers need to be increasingly flexible in their approach to working hours and benefits packages. Flexible shift patterns will allow employees to fulfill their required hours without feeling their work-life balance is compromised, while holistic well-being schemes can work on improving workplace morale.”

Blake added that 71% of firms find it easier to engage employees in well-being schemes in the summer months. For example, initiatives such as cycle-to-work schemes, discounted gym membership and even on-site fitness classes can be offered to staff.

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