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Sickness absenteeism at an all-time low


Author: Klein Hesselink, J.
Publisher: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
Place: Loughlinstown
EWCO Comparative Analytical Reports
Identifier: 444937
Report number: NL1107029I
Keywords: Workplace · Organisation · WH - Work & Health · Behavioural and Societal Sciences


Absenteeism in the Netherlands rose steadily in the 1960s and 70s, driven by legislation that made it attractive for employees to take long-term sick leave. Changes in laws on absenteeism and disability seem to have been a driving force behind the fall in rates since the early 1980s and employers have become more active in encouraging workers to return. The workplace itself seems to be a cause of sickness, so more measures are needed to make the working environment healthier.