Aviva's Absence Management Report

Our latest Absence Management Report (PDF 3.71MB) comes at a time when the Coalition is embarking on one of the most radical and far-reaching restructures of the Welfare System the country has seen for many years. There's a particular focus on helping people move off benefits and back to work.

Our research helps us understand the rehabilitation and absence management challenges faced by employers and their employees in the workplace and reveals some of the positive steps they're making in relation to sickness absence management. In turn, these insights help us improve the services and support we can offer our corporate customers. They also help us to enhance products like our Group Income Protection policy, which offers employers financial protection as well as giving employees access to a range of rehabilitation support services.

Download the Absence Management Report now (PDF 3.71MB), and you'll find out more about employers' views on changes to the Employment and Support Allowance; their concerns about sickness absence generally and the impact of staff sickness on their business.

Employers - unaware of benefits

  • Over half the employers we spoke to (63%) said they didn't know how much benefit is paid through Employment and Support Allowance.
  • Almost three quarters (72%) didn't know employees' entitlements could stop after one year if they're capable of returning to work.
  • Only one in ten (11%) had reviewed their sick-pay arrangements following the welfare reform changes, which shows there's still a need to highlight these issues and support employers with regulatory change.

Employees - not receiving support from employers

We asked employers to tell us their views on helping employees get back to work after suffering from illness or injury.

  • A significant number, over one fifth (22%), said they'd struggle helping staff get back to work.
  • A quarter, (25%), said they'd also be worried about the implications of paying sick pay.

The good news is that 43% of employers believed employees should be auto-enrolled in a scheme that gives financial protection in the event of long-term sickness absence. This opinion supports our view that products like Group Income Protection are not only valuable to employees, but also valued as a benefit by their employers.

We have a trusted record of success in Group Risk, thanks to our products reflecting customers’ needs. We help employers manage their staff back to work after sickness or injury, and we’re able to do that partly as a result of our commitment to research just like the Absence Management Report (PDF 3.71MB). Our products reflect customers’ real needs: we help employers manage their staff back to work after sickness or injury.

For more information and to request a hard copy of this report, please contact: hcpr@aviva.co.uk

Our research

Aviva’s Absence Management Report was commissioned via a nationwide survey of 1,000 British adult employees and 500 employers, between 26-27 June 2012. The employer sample is broadly representative of UK companies across size of business, industry and sector. The research was carried out for us by market researchers OnePoll.

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