CIPD Health and Wellbeing at Work Report - Key Stats for the Public Sector

CIPD Health and Wellbeing at Work Report – Wellbeing is improving but mental ill health absence is increasing.

According to the recent Health and Wellbeing at Work Report by CIPD and Simply Health issued last month, the focus on wellbeing is increasing. Over half of those surveyed (68%) agreed that wellbeing is on the agenda of the senior leadership team, but there was still a concern that activity is reactive rather than proactive and that line managers are still not getting the necessary training to feel confident managing situations. Read more about the report’s findings and our top tips for managing and preventing stress and mental ill health in schools and academies.

parental leave and paternity

Paternity Leave – what’s the rules?

Working fathers, including adoptive fathers, have the right to paternity leave and since April 2015, shared parental leave. According to the Department for Business, take up of shared parental leave could be as low as 2%, and the government plans to better inform parents about the policy going forward. Fathers are entitled to 1 or 2 weeks of paternity leave when the baby arrives or when they adopt a child. What do they have to do to qualify for paternity leave?


Staff Wellbeing and presenteeism – good or not?

The new CIPD/Simplyhealth Health and Wellbeing at Work survey reveals the latest trends to support employers in building healthier workplaces. In the report, presenteeism (people attending work when unwell) is reported to have tripled in the last 8 years, since 2010. Presenteeism could account for as much loss in productivity as absence.  Staff who are ill will not work productively and could infect others.  So, what can you do to ensure staff adopt healthy and productive behaviour?

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Improving staff retention by managing absence and wellbeing

Recent research found that the number of teachers on long-term sick had risen by 5% over the last year. The research was based on data requested from 82 English councils and showed that 1.3 million days were logged as absent from school, due to stress and mental health over the last four years*. As it has often been referred to, many people believe that heavy workloads, budget cuts and recruitment difficulties have all added to workplace pressure and increased levels of stress. Absence in education (public sector) remains at a higher rate than the private sector as stated in the 2018 CIPD Health and Wellbeing Report. Mental ill health and stress remained the top causes of long-term absence. So, what can schools do to better support staff, reduce absence and increase retention? Read our top tips.