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Sick Leave Distribution

The length of a sick leave incidence is an important indicator in terms of identifying potential sick absenteeism abuse and health problems.

The proportion of 1, 2 and 3 day claims normally accounts for approximately 50% of the total cost of absenteeism. 

A company which pro-actively manages absenteeism will see this as low as 25 - 30%.

The pie chart summarises a typical distribution of sickness claims by value in an organisation. Notice that the value of short-term claims for durations of 3 days and less comprises approximately one half of the total direct cost. Our view is that the majority of 1, 2 and 3 day claims can be avoided resulting in a significant reduction in overall absenteeism.


The normal distribution of claims by days per incidence can be summarised:

    %
Total days for 1 day illness   11
Total days for 2 day illness   21
Total days for 3 day illness   17
Total 1, 2 & 3 day illness   49
Total days for illness more than 3 days   51

 

CAM Solutions specialises in pro-actively reducing the time that employees are absent from work. When interventions are introduced into an organisation to reduce the frequency of short-term incidents, the overall absenteeism rate and consequently the direct cost of absenteeism fall significantly.

This graph illustrates an employer which has effective sick absenteeism management procedures in place.

 

Our experience has shown that employers with a high proportion of short-term sick leave incidents, 3 days and less, also have a high overall sick absence rate. This graph illustrates the relationship between short-term sick leave and total sick leave.


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