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December 4, 2009

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Sickness absence- Well-being programme saves a bundle

East Sussex Council saved £1 million by reducing sickness rates among their workforce, thanks to a health and well-being programme.

Three years ago the absence rate among the council’s 15,000 plus staff was relatively high — over nine days per person per year. This cost the council approximately £7.5 million a year, and, at one point, there were 250 staff signed off on long-term sick leave.

The council wanted to tackle this high absence rate and promote themselves as a caring employer that looks after employees’ health and well-being.

To find out how it did this, download a copy of IOSH’s new guide ‘Working well’, which promotes a holistic, proactive approach to health and well-being issues at work.

You can download this and other free guides from the Information and tools section of the IOSH website, www.iosh.co.uk/information_and_resources.aspx

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