HOW TO MINIMISE THE IMPACT OF ILLNESS ON SMALLER BUSINESSES
December 10 2015.



At the start of 2015, small and medium-sized firms employed 15.6 million people, with a combined turnover of £1.75 trillion.


Despite the significant influence of smaller firms on the UK economy, employees in these powerhouse companies are struggling to work at peak productivity; putting business performance at risk as a result of poor wellbeing and prolonged and preventable illnesses.

A recent study of 500 UK SME leaders found that three quarters of leaders who have had an employee take a long sickness absence report a significant impact on business growth. Yet, less than half (46 per cent) say that employee health and wellbeing will be a priority as they grow.

There is a disconnect here, and SMEs in the UK are risking future success if they continue to sideline the health and wellbeing of their workforces. With research finding that one in three SME leaders admit they have lost money because of sickness absence, businesses must recognise the link between a healthy workforce and a successful future, rather than waiting for ill-health to take over.

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