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Leadership effectiveness and recorded sickness absence

Dr Mary Wyatt

Nurse managers who match their leadership style to the issue at hand see fewer short time absences than those who lack this skill.

High rates of sickness absence are a concern to employers in most industrialised countries.The health care industry is particularly affected by high sickness absence rates.  High levels of sickness absence tend to be associated with higher rates of staff turnover, lower productivity, reduced levels of nurse job satisfaction, and lower levels of patient satisfaction.Researchers from the Netherlands sought to understand the impact of managers'...

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