1 in 7 are absent from work for four weeks or more

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Some 1 in 7 employees had been absent for four weeks or more in the previous 12 months, according to research from Ellipse.

This suggests that four week long absences are more common than the 1 in 18 risk reported by UK government earlier this month. Ellipse had surveyed 1,005 UK SME employees. Lee Lovett, CEO of Ellipse, said: "Our research shows that long term absences occur at a more alarming rate than national statistics would suggest. For an SME made up of seven people this presents a very real risk that they will have to deal with a long-term absence every year. "We therefore need to convince the 21% of SME...

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