Creating better office spaces to reduce absenteeism – 12 Aug 2014 – BizCommunity
Post written by Paragon Interiors   October 22, 2015

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As employee absenteeism costs the South African economy between R12- to 16-billion annually, businesses need to understand, monitor and actively intervene on some of the causes of this, as there is a clear link between employee health, productivity and absenteeism.

According to Occupational Care South Africa (OCSA), on average, over 15% of staff could be absent on any given day. Of those absent, two out of three employees are not physically ill and sleep disorders are ranked as the ‘top cause of lost work time’.Some researchers have pointed to modern lifestyle issues, which include too much light from electronic devices before bedtime, excessive caffeine, not enough time in bed and even too much light in bedrooms.

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