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Employee input into improving their work environment: just the prescription for treating sick leave absences

Joy Hewitt

An 'organisational rehabilitation' program that identified and addressed employees' concerns with their work environment resulted in a substantial reduction in sick leave absences and the associated costs.

Take Home Messages: Actively engaging employees in workplace rehabilitation programs can lead to substantial benefits for the organisation. This study of a pilot program where all employees were able to provide feedback on the organisation, its work practices and their individual work environment and then participate in interventions to address their concerns led to decreased sick leave absences. In economic terms, thi...

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