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Absenteeism: lousy mood in the company is a health hazard


Lousy mood in the company: dissatisfied employees are often sick
Workers who are dissatisfied with superiors and wages are at risk of their health. According to a recent study, one in four people who rate corporate culture poorly in their workplace are also unsatisfied with their health.

Poor corporate culture endangers health
In the past few years, absenteeism due to mental illnesses had increased in Germany. According to several health insurance chiefs, employers are often responsible for burnout and stress. The current absenteeism report from the AOK Scientific Institute (WIdO) shows that bad corporate culture endangers health.

Current absenteeism report
A bad corporate culture goes hand in hand with a significantly higher health risk for employees, reports the AOK in a press release. This is the result of a survey of around 2,000 employees in the 2016 Absenteeism Report of the AOK Scientific Institute (WIdO).

According to the information, one in four people who rate their corporate culture as bad are also dissatisfied with their own health. For respondents who see their company positively, it was only one in ten.

Helmut Schröder, deputy managing director of the WIdO and co-editor of the report explained: “There is a clear connection between the way employees experience their work and their health. Every company, regardless of the industry, should use this knowledge. "

Job satisfaction and health
With the nationwide representative survey in the Absenteeism Report 2016, WIdO for the first time investigated the question of what influence corporate culture has on the health of employees. "The corporate culture plays an important role in employee retention, performance, customer and quality orientation and can have a positive but also negative impact on the health of the employees", the institute writes on its website.

"A company culture that has been experienced as good is said to have a significant impact on job satisfaction and health, and thus ultimately on the success of the company," it continues.

Employer loyalty is important to employees
In February 2016, a representative survey of a total of 2,007 employees between the ages of 16 and 65 was carried out, in which the corporate culture was recorded with its various facets, including, for example, leadership style, employee orientation and fair pay, the AOK reports.

It was shown that the loyalty of the employer (78 percent) and the aspect of praise (69 percent) are particularly important to employees in everyday work. These and other characteristics make up a good and healthy corporate culture. However, only 55 percent of employees actually experience that the employer is behind them, and only half of the employees are praised for good work.

Physical and psychological complaints
Furthermore, employees who perceive their corporate culture as bad reported more often about physical and psychological complaints related to their work. According to this, a poorly rated corporate culture goes hand in hand with health dissatisfaction in 27.5 percent of those surveyed. This proportion is three times as high as in the comparison group, which perceives their corporate culture positively (8.9 percent).

In addition, physical complaints related to work are reported twice as often in poor corporate culture (66.6 percent compared to 32 percent in good corporate culture). The situation is the same with psychological complaints (65.1 percent versus 35.8 percent with a good corporate culture).

Employees were sick on average for around 20 days
However, there are also differences in how employees deal with their illnesses: In a poorly rated corporate culture, almost one in three (31 percent) was absent from the company for more than two weeks last year. In the comparison group with a positive corporate culture, this was only slightly more than one in six (16.9 percent).

Ultimately, the corporate culture experienced also has an impact on how often, contrary to the medical advice, it is decided to go to work: While only 11.8 percent of employees who experience their corporate culture positively do so, employees in companies with a poor corporate culture show more often risky behavior (16.7 percent).

As can be seen from the report, a little more insured persons were missing from the AOK last year than at work: The number of sick days rose from 5.2 to 5.3 percent. Each employee with a certificate stayed at home for an average of 19.5 days. According to the health insurance, respiratory diseases were primarily responsible for the increase. However, absenteeism due to mental illness also increased. (ad)

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