The average rate of absenteeism this month rose to 5.1%, according to Health and Safety Services, an “exceptionally high level”. Coronavirus and influenza account for most absenteeism.
Education was the most abnormal with a 77% increase in pathological reports at 1 month. “This means 14 reports of sick leave for every 100 employees in education,” says Truus van Amerongen, the company’s physician and director of medical affairs at ArboNed. According to Health and Safety Services, this is the largest increase ever measured.
According to Health and Safety Services, the number of sick reports usually stabilizes in November. Across all sectors, the number of sick reports is now higher than the 2019 and 2020 level. In healthcare, where absenteeism is highest, the number of sick reports increased by 37% in November.
A small group of people who have fallen ill with corona continue to receive complaints for a longer period of time and some have not gone to work after twelve weeks. This group of people is responsible for more than half of the total number of absence days due to COVID-19, according to Health and Safety Services. This leads to a “enormous effect,” says van Amerungen. She adds that if people report the disease when they report that they suffer a lot of complaints caused by corona, such as shortness of breath and fatigue, this is an indication of long-term absenteeism.
Health and Safety Services expects that absenteeism will decrease in December due to the effects of the Corona measures at the end of November. And according to Van Amerongen, measures, such as working from home, contribute to reducing the number of infections. The measures also keep the spread of influenza “limited”.
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