Book News: June 14th, 2007

This report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development reveals that musculoskeletal conditions are the number one cause of time lost due to sickness absence, but mental ill health is the second largest cause of absence in UK organizations. Stress, depression, and anxiety account for over 50% of the mental health problems.The findings highlight the huge impact mental health problems have on the workplace with employees taking on average 21 days for each mental health related sickness absence spell. The average length of time off for an employee suffering depression is 30 days for each absence spell and 21 days for someone suffering from stress.

Public sector employees take on average 24 days for each mental health related absence compared to 20 days for the private sector. Men take on average 20 days for each mental health related absence spell and women take22 days.

Employees up to the age of 25 take on average 17 days for each mental health related absence and this rises to 36 days for employees aged between 55 and 65.

The report, priced 49.99 pounds, can be ordered from 0870 800 3366 or via the CIPD website: http://www.cipd.co.uk/bookstore