Key to cutting absences

The Emsworth and District bus without its roof, after hitting the bridge. Credit: John Horsman

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RELATIONSHIPS are the key to reducing stress and sickness absence in SMEs, according to research.

It shows that more than a third of SME owners check their staff’s social media profiles if they believe them to be ‘pulling a sickie’.

Nearly half of employees say they feel nervous about calling their boss, even if they are genuinely ill.

Marlon Wolff, the chief executive officer of Ingenious Britain, which carried out the research, said: ‘This survey highlights real trust issues between owner-managers and employees in the SME sector.

‘Larger SMEs need to create a culture in which employees are comfortable enough to not be feigning illness, and to be able call in when they are genuinely unwell without arousing suspicion. This may mean taking a more active role in managing employee health and wellbeing.’