Employees report sick more often

Employees report sick more often

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Increased sick leave in the first half of 2015

The number of sick days increased again in the first half of 2015. This is reported by DAK Gesundheit. According to a current evaluation by the health insurance company, the number of sick days rose to 4.1 percent, which corresponds to an increase of 0.3 percentage points compared to the same period last year (3.8%).

Colds are often the reason for attestation
As the DAK Gesundheit informs, slightly more than every third working person (38.3 percent) was on sick leave at least once in the first half of the current year. Colds were often the cause, with the number of absenteeism increasing particularly sharply by 53 percent. “The rise in sick leave is not dramatic. There are always colds, ”says DAK CEO Herbert Rebscher. "This year, however, the colds were particularly persistent."

Working people in the east are more often on sick leave
Every fifth day of absence (20.6 percent) was reported to be caused by musculoskeletal disorders such as Back pain causes. Likewise, mental illnesses with 15 percent (previous year: 16%) were the reason for the “yellow glow” relatively often. Mental illnesses would have a very long duration of illness with an average of 36.5 days, while this was 11.7 days across all disease groups in the first half of the year.

In addition, the evaluation of the DAK showed a regional difference in absenteeism: Because while the sick leave in the West was four percent, the working population from the eastern federal states came to five percent. (nr) Image: Andrea Damm / pixelio.de

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