26th October, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off
The extension of drinking hours in England and Wales has led to 660,000 extra days of absence from work every year, new research has revealed.
Businesses looking to rent industrial space in Manchester or office space in Northampton may be interested to hear that a study by Lancaster University Management School found that absence rates rose by one per cent after more pubs and bars could legally stay open past 11pm.
With a workforce of 25 million people, a rise of one per cent in sick leave equals an estimated loss of 5,349,617 hours of work in total.
Author of the report Colin Green told Personnel Today that it is difficult to tell if extended drinking hours result in workplace absence or just tardiness.
“From an HR perspective it’s difficult to know what you can do because you can’t impose prohibitive rules on what your employees do,” he explained.
Research published by The Workforce Institute at Kronos found that almost two-thirds of UK workers under 25 have pulled a sickie, compared with just 25 per cent of over 55s.