Nowhere else is as much absenteeism due to illness as in healthcare: work pressure is high | AD Works


Absenteeism among healthcare workers rose to 6.1 percent this quarter. Since 2003, the absenteeism rate has not been that high in the second quarter. It is also the highest percentage of all sectors. Statistics Netherlands announced this today.

It is no great surprise that the healthcare and welfare sector has the highest percentage of absenteeism due to illness. This has been the case since the second quarter of 2017. The increase in absenteeism compared to the same quarter last year was, however, significantly higher than in other sectors. While the absenteeism rate in the care and welfare sector rose from 5.7 to 6.1 percent, that figure rose on average from 4.3 to 4.5 percent in other industries.

High working pressure

Especially in hospitals, youth care and childcare, employees experience a high to very high workload. More than half of employees are affected, according to the Employee Survey Care and Welfare of Statistics Netherlands.

The pressure is mainly due to the need to work extra hard and quickly, according to the National Labor Conditions Survey (NEA) of Statistics Netherlands and TNO. In the other fields of care and welfare and social work, less than 40 percent of employees experience a high workload.

Still satisfied

Nevertheless, employees in the healthcare sector are more often satisfied with their work than employees in other sectors. This is especially the case for GPs and employees in health centers, of whom 84 percent say they are satisfied to very satisfied with their work. The least content are employees in care for the disabled and childcare, where 76 percent are satisfied.

People have nothing to complain about, especially about the content of the work. The research emphasizes that this does not apply to working conditions. On average, the staff is less positive about this than in other industries.

Earlier this week, research by the Amsterdam UMC also showed that the closure of nursing homes this spring had no negative consequences for the mood and daily functioning of staff in nursing homes.

Will regular hospital care suffer from the increase in corona patients? There is a good chance of this, which is why the Patient Federation Netherlands will sound the alarm on Monday.

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