If workers are sick at work, this also has consequences for the economy. According to the analysis, it hit much harder in the first months of this year – not least because of Corona.
According to an assessment by the health insurance company DAK-Gesundheit, the number of sick days at work increased sharply in the first half of the year. From January to the end of June, there were 788 days of absence per 100 employees, i.e. 115 days more than in the first half of last year, according to an analysis of the health insurance fund based on the insured’s own data. The main reasons for the increase are numerous respiratory diseases, but the coronation absenteeism of workers has increased accordingly.
According to the assessment, the number of days of absence due to cough, runny nose or flu infections increased to 133 days per 100 insured persons – after 48 days in the first half of 2021. Respiratory diseases were the second most common cause of absence after return problems and other problems of the musculoskeletal system Inability to work with a share of 16.9 percent. Corona failures also increased to 64 days of absence per 100 insured – after twelve days of absence related to Corona in H1 2021.
The Omikron provides failures like no other before
“In parallel with the gradual easing of corona restrictions in March 2022, a marked wave of colds and flu may develop,” explained DAK. It was accompanied by a highly contagious variant of the Omicron, which caused more downtime in German companies than any previous variant. According to the information, the data of 2.3 million employees insured by the health insurance fund were assessed for the analysis.
CEO Andreas Storm told a German news agency: “Sick leave over the phone must become a permanent solution and not always open to discussion.” The legal basis for this should be created immediately after the holiday break. At the same time, Storm welcomed the fact that the joint federal committee of doctors, clinics and health insurers wanted to address the reintroduction of sick leaves over the phone in early August in the current coronation wave. After the expiry of the special regulation, patients had to return to the surgery from June 1.
According to the evaluation, sick leaves among employees with DAK insurance increased to 4.4 percent. in the first half of the year: 44 out of 1,000 employees were on sick leave every day in the six months – 37 in the first half of 2021. According to professional groups, there was a shortage of employees in non-medical professions, as the elderly now most often take care of sick leave at work. Among them, sick leaves amounted to 5.7%. (dpa)