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Absence from work. Comparative study


This study addresses patterns of absence from the 27 EU Member States and Norway, the costs involved, policies for dealing with absence and general developments in relation to promoting health and well-being. Average rates of absence across Europe are between 3% and 6% of working time. A reasonable estimate of the cost is about 2.5% of GDP. There is also evidence of presenteeism – the practice of attending work while ill – although there is a general lack of data on trends. While some countries are attempting to control costs, others put the emphasis on promoting well-being.

author(s): European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions - P. Edwards and K. Greasley, SPIRE Associates/IRRU, University of Warwick, UK
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