Concern for the health of employees, and not only during a pandemic, has a real impact on the company’s financial results. Better well-being of employees means fewer sick leaves, as well as no disruptions caused by vacancies due to absenteeism. Fortunately, the number of sick leaves is falling despite the ongoing pandemic. ZUS data shows that in the first quarter of this year. doctors issued 5.2 million sick leaves, or 17 percent. less than in the same period last year.
Among the trends worth noting in the ZUS ranking, there is an increase in layoffs due to COVID-19 and due to psychological ailments. While in the first quarter of 2020, i.e. at the beginning of the pandemic, only 303 people were issued sick leave due to COVID-19 for a total of 4259 days, a year later there were 207,000 absenteeism for this reason. Poles in total for 1.6 million days. Redundancies due to the reaction to severe stress and adaptation disorders were issued for 120 thousand. people for as many as 2.3 million days. Malaise and fatigue suffered 72 thousand. people, which corresponds to 424 thousand. days. Depressive episode as the reason for L4 had 65 thousand. people (1.3 million days), and other anxiety disorders are 59 thousand. layoffs, i.e. 1.2 million days. The total number of dismissals issued for the above reasons increased by over 35% during the year. (from 234 thousand to 317 thousand), and the number of days of absences caused by them by 12.5 percent. (from 4.19 million to 5.23 million).
– Such a large increase in sick leave due to mental problems should be a clue for employers. Until now, companies rarely dealt with the mental health of employees. Primarily private medical care was offered, but mostly without a psychologist, gym cards, and healthy snacks at work. These are of course important elements, but as much as 94 percent. employees say directly that they care about their employers’ health. In addition to private medical care, they want psychological help the most in second place. This is the result of a pandemic that deepened our fears, pushed us to work remotely and did not allow time to prepare for the new situation – says Krzysztof Inglot, President of the Management Board of Personnel Service SA
27 percent of employees in the Personnel Service study is of the opinion that since the outbreak of the pandemic, the employer pays more attention to their health. The opposite opinion is shared by more than half of the employees who do not see any change. The youngest employees aged 18-24 (34%) noticed the greatest concern of employers. On the other hand, people aged 25-34 (53%) and over 55 (52%) have opposite feelings.
The lack of increased interest in the health of employees on the part of employers may result from the fact that, contrary to appearances, the number of sick days during the pandemic did not change. In 43 percent of workers, the number of days on L4 was the same in the pandemic as before the pandemic, with one in five admitted that they were sick less often. This answer was most often indicated by the elderly, over 55 (27%). Only 12 percent took more layoffs. employed, of which every fourth was employed under a part-time employment contract. Young people aged 25-34 (16%) were ill more often.
– Interestingly, our study shows that the larger the company, the fewer sick leaves. Employees of the largest companies took fewer sick days – 23 percent. compared to 19 percent. employed in the smallest enterprises. This dependence is often the result of a better organizational structure of the largest plants. It was in these companies that the issue of remote work was quickly regulated, vaccinations were encouraged, and health benefits are often more extensive than in small companies – summarizes Krzysztof Inglot.
Compiled by NS
Methodological note: Research conducted on the Ariadna panel on October 1-4, 2021. Nationwide random-quota sample N = 1090 people aged 18 and over. Amounts selected according to the representation in the population for gender, age and size of the place of residence. Method: CAWI.