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Study: Employer support can cut down on absenteeism

Employers in all settings are very familiar with work injuries. They are also familiar with the phenomenon of employees calling in sick, complaining of headaches, excessive fatigue, or stomach pains. As it turns out, researchers have determined that many times these symptoms are simply physical manifestations of excessive stress, and that employers can actually take relatively simple steps to help workers remain stress-free, healthy and, most importantly, present.

According to a soon-to-be published study in the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, employers/supervisors who offer their employees the necessary level of support when they begin to experience psychosomatic symptoms brought on by excessive stress can actually help prevent the need for sick time.

Specifically, researchers found that giving stressed employees a reduced workload for a temporary amount of time and/or providing them with stress management training can go a long way.

"The worker who is given this sort of support is more likely to overcome the somatic stress and continue to work productively, leaving recovery for the normal after-work hours when we recharge our batteries," said study author Michal Biron of the University of Haifa's Graduate School of Management.

Not surprisingly, the study found that workers denied this type of employer support were perhaps more likely to stay at work for the time being -- perhaps out of fear -- but, in the end, were more susceptible to taking time off to battle stress-related illnesses.

Another interesting finding by the researchers was that early support from fellow employees to a stressed co-worker can also go a long way toward mitigating absenteeism.

"We see from this study that employers can provide concrete support for employees experiencing somatic stress symptoms, but can also encourage coworkers to support one another in the first place and minimize the effects triggered by their workload.," said Biron.

The researchers arrived at these conclusions by examining a group of 241 employees at a manufacturing firm in China. Specifically, the participants were asked to report any psychosomatic symptoms experienced and the level of support provided by supervisors.

Stay tuned for further work injury stories or developments in the area of workers' compensation defense law ...

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


EHS Today, "Stop a sick day in its tracks" Feb. 23 2012

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