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    A new record for long-term absenteeism in 2014

    Absenteeism hit a new record high in 2014. It went above 5% (5,12% compared to 4,81% the year before) for the first time, according to figures from the social secretary’s office SD Worx. These figures come from 17,282 firms and organisations, and Le Soir reported on them on Friday. This study confirms a trend that was spotted a few years ago: this continued increase in absenteeism is due to long-term sick leave (one to twelve months off). It went up from 1,56% in 2008 to 2,62% in 2014.This figure is actually higher, because SD Worx doesn’t include people on incapacity benefit for more than a year in the study.

    For the first time, long-term absenteeism has gone above short-term (a maximum of one month).

    Among the reasons given to explain this increase are: the aging of the population, the burden of work, the emotional burden that comes with certain professions, or lack of recognition.

    Maria Novak (Source: Belga)