11/29/2004

Absentiism and working life

The cost of sick leave absences and medical retirements is high in every
European country. Research about the causes and solutions to sick leave has
been given high priority in working life studies. The Swedish National
Institute for Working Life has recently set up an analysis unit that will
investigate the complex mechanisms behind sick leave.

It's webpage contains information on:

Exclusion from the labour market increases with heightened demands on
performance

The cost of sick leave absences and medical retirements in Sweden is
approximately 100 billion SEK a year. Research about the causes and solutions
to sick leave has been given high priority in working life studies. The
National Institute for Working Life has recently set up an analysis unit that
will investigate the complex mechanisms behind sick leave.

Sick but at work anyway

Someone who feels sick but goes to work anyway is known as a "presentee”. At
the National Institute for Working Life researchers are looking into the
consequences "presenteeism” has for working life.

Women's health worse than men's among unemployed immigrants

Immigrant women who are unemployed are in worse health than immigrant men who
are out of work. It is common to find strain injuries and mental problems in
these women, according to a survey carried out by researcher Sharareh
Akhavan.

Proposal to raise unemployment benefit for active jobseekers

In order to increase the motivation of jobseekers to use their time of
unemployment to break into the labour market, the level of unemployment benefit
should be higher for those who are actively improving their employability, for
example through training and further education. This is the proposal of the
National Institute for Working Life in a report to the government.

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: National Institute for Working Life