The UKs Defence People Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy

The health (physical and mental) and wider well-being of Service personnel people contributes directly to operational capability and, as such, is a high priority. The Chief of Defence People seeks to create the conditions for Service personnel to enjoy a level of health and well-being that maximises the capacity of people for work and this applies… Read More


Beware of Attendance Bonuses tied to Sickness Absence!

A tribunal case has found that a bonus scheme linked to attendance was discriminatory. In the case of Land Registry v Houghton, the employer operated a discretionary bonus scheme where any employee who received a formal warning for sickness absence would not be able to receive it. However, a number of employees were disabled, meaning… Read More

Mini HR Quiz: Know Your Employment Law

Can you answer these six scenarios correctly. Scenario 01: One of your employees is on long-term sick leave after an accident. She has had to cancel her two-week summer holiday, but thinks she can rebook it when she returns to work. Is she right? Yes, she can rebook it or carry the holiday over. Yes,… Read More

Depression- & Anxiety-related Sick Leave Leads Early Retirement

Research Paper Title Depression- and Anxiety-related Sick Leave and the Risk of Permanent Disability and Mortality in the Working Population in Germany: A Cohort Study. Background Anxiety and depression are the most common psychiatric disorders and are the cause of a large and increasing amount of sick-leave in most developed countries. They are also implicated… Read More

Office Workers, Sickness Absence & Prediction Models

Research Paper Title External Validation of Two Prediction Models Identifying Employees at Risk of High Sickness Absence: Cohort Study with 1-year Follow-up. Background Two models including age, self-rated health (SRH) and prior sickness absence (SA) were found to predict high SA in health care workers. The present study externally validated these prediction models in a population… Read More

Research: Sickness Absence can be predicted!

Sickness absence in adulthood can be predicted by factors measured in adolescence. However, they differ between men and women according to a Swedish longitudinal cohort study. For men, low achievement at school and having an unemployed father predicted their own sickness absence. For women, the factors associated with sickness absence included being educated mainly with other… Read More