Blog
Unfair Boss? Research Says You’ll Take More Sick Days

Workers who feel they are being unfairly treated at work take more sick leave, according to new research. However, businesses can greatly improve in these metrics, by hiring and training better supervisors.

unfair bossResearchers from the University of East Anglia (UK) and Stockholm University (Sweden)  analysed data from 19,000 Swedish workers, and found “interactional justice” – the treatment of employees by supervisors – is associated with the risk of both long and frequent sickness absences.

Long sickness absence refers to a worker taking more than 31 days off in 12 months, and frequent sickness absence refers to taking sick leave (of up to one week at a time) twice or more in a year.

Lead author Dr. Constanze Leineweber says business leaders have control over this aspect of their work environment, and can greatly improve absenteeism through cost-effective policy tweaks.

“Perceived fairness at work is a modifiable aspect of the work environment, as is job insecurity.”

“Organisations have significant control over both aspects and our results suggest that organisations may gain by investing or improving their policies and rules for fair treatment of their workforce, and by improving job security.”

The researchers say employers should choose supervisors for their qualities associated with fair practices, and specifically measure supervisors’ performance on their application of organisational justice.

Providing supervisors with training on justice principles will also help ensure the workforce is treated fairly, and is relatively inexpensive.

In the model, interactional justice is divided into: informational justice – receiving truthful and candid information with adequate justification; and interpersonal justice – receiving respectful and dignified treatment from the supervisor.

Shorter but more frequent sickness absences are indicative of increased withdrawal behaviour that allows workers to get relief from strain. Longer absences reflect more serious health problems from prolonged exposure to poor work conditions.

“Our results underline the need for fair and just treatment of employees irrespective of perceived job insecurity in order to keep the workforce healthy and to minimise lost work days due to sickness absence.”

Read the complete study here.


Learn more about identifying and managing Issues that can impact employee satisfaction.

myosh is a global provider of cloud based Health and Safety software.  In consultation with experts and clients, myosh have developed the mywellbeing platform to help organisations obtain confidential feedback and acknowledgement from employees regarding:

• Employee Mental Health
• Bullying
• Harassment
• Job Satisfaction
• Management and Culture

Importantly, the platform provides a documented secure record of issues and acknowledgment.  It also provides:

• A checklist for management.
• Reporting tools for urgent alerts.
• A huge library of Mental Health Resources for guidance.
• Action based notifications and reminders

The platform is an identification and documentation tool. Management are not required to ‘fix’ mental health issues but they must demonstrate due diligence. Organisations are not obliged to treat disorders but the can encourage employees to seek professional help.  The platform facilitates communication, helps to reduce stigma and alerts management to issues.

Request a personal online demonstration here: http://myosh.com/wellbeing/

 

myWellbeing Introduction from myosh Safety Management Software on Vimeo.

The form was submitted successfully. Thanks.
The form could not be submitted. Try again.
All fields except comments are required.
Submit

Free Trial
Available on AppStore Available on AppStore
Benefits for you
Save on insurance premiumsSave on insurance premiums

Improvements in safety performance can lead to significant savings in insurance and workers compensation premiums; often more than covering your investment in myosh.

Read More
Meaningful reports and graphsSave time with meaningful reports and graphs

myosh can assist you with making an impression by instantly producing professional outputs in real time which rely on up to date statistics.

Read More
Save on insurance premiumsWhat our clients love

myosh receives consistent feedback about its ease of use and the simplicity of implementing myosh into the organization and getting staff acquainted with the system.

Read More



book a consultation now
+