A recent Finnish study* has confirmed the relationship between poor work performance and absenteeism, and a caring attitude from managers and co-workers. Some of the key findings of the study include:
- Employee’s perception about the level of interest and concern for their wellbeing affected work sickness and accident rates.
- Good team climate, positive feedback and no bullying decreased the risk.
- Shift work, monotony and crowded work areas increase rates of absenteeism
- Good communication at work was associated with a lower risk of accidents.
- Improved performance depends more on physical factors (such as clear work tasks and efficient set up) and positive feedback.
- Prevention of poor work ability depends more on job security and feelings of appreciation and value.
- Absenteeism and productivity can be improved by positive interventions, such as creating a supportive team culture.
“The lower likelihood of workplace absences and accidents can be predicted by the presence of a supportive team culture.”
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* Source: Psychosocial Work Factors and Sick Leave, Occupational Accident and Disability Pension. Katariina Hinkka, et al, Finland, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 55, Issue 2, February 2013.