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2017 Absence Trends - Monday is the new Friday

Posted: 7 Feb 2018

Last year, National Sickie Day and Blue Monday failed to live up to their names. Figures from ELAS Group showed that absence rates were down on both of these much-hyped days in 2017.

And now, research published by the business support providers shows that Mondays are the preferred day for staff sick days. A survey of nearly 10,000 employees across the UK revealed that the number of absences on Mondays is almost double that of Fridays – 23.5% and 13.2% respectively.

In the top ten days with the highest absence rates last year, nine fell on a Monday (the exception was Tuesday 3 January, which saw the most absences of any day).

Monday 11 December was the day when the greatest number of employees called in sick (between the hours of 7am and 8am). However, this was also the day when much of the UK woke up to snow – 22% of those absences were snow-related.

Weather and the festive season may prompt some workers to take a duvet day, but a recent survey revealed that when marketers are at work, they are putting in the hours.

A poll from #SEJSurveySays found that 38% of search and digital marketing professionals work an average of 8 hours a day, every day. Others are at their desks even longer each week. A total of 33% said they work between 9 and 12 hours each day, while 15% summed it up with the phrase: 'If I'm awake, I'm working'.

But working long hours doesn't always mean working effectively. Being effective at work boils down to productivity and whether an employee has a good work/life balance.

Whether that means taking the odd Monday off is undecided, but high workloads and high absence rates often go hand-in-hand. Better absence management policies are one way to deal with the issue, but so too is an open, honest work environment that embraces a positive work/life balance.

Flexible working is just one of the employee benefits attracting top marketing talent right now. To find out what else they're looking for, get in touch with Stopgap today.

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