Most employees absent due to stress are able to return to work

Seven out of ten employees absent due to stress return to work within six months, according to research by Legal and General.

This is an improvement on data from 2006, when fewer than 40% of employees were able to return to work within the same period.

The figure has been steadily rising over the past six years, with 53% of respondents returning to work within six months in 2007, 66% in 2008, 70% in 2009 and 74% in 2010.

Diane Buckley, managing director of group protection at Legal and General, said: “Stress is one of the leading causes of long-term absence so employers should ensure that good quality support is available in the workplace.”

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