Abstracts: April 10th, 2006

According to research published by the Chartered Management Institute and Workplace Health Connect, sickness levels are increasing, but managers in the sector are unwilling to report their symptoms. Some 64% of local government managers admit to being unproductive for at least 20 per cent of their working time, due to poor health. The report also shows that 49 per cent of local government managers have difficulty concentrating, due to ill-health. However, it reveals that organisations in the sector are not doing enough to tackle workplace illness, resulting in a negative impact on employee well-being and performance.The ‘Quality of Working Life’ report questioned 1,541 managers in the UK revealing a poor picture of health. Findings include 60 per cent of respondents claiming that illness rates in their organisation have increased over the past 12 months. However, only one in three report symptoms to their line manager, indicating a much deeper malaise.

The report also revealed that 61 per cent of local government managers agreed that the senior management team in their organisation considered health and safety to be important. Just over half suggested that the issues were becoming increasingly important.

The report is published by the Chartered Management Institute. Cost 50 pounds to non-members.