More than 80 percent of people in the Netherlands struggle with stress caused by financial problems, divorce, a sick parent, or a fight in the work place, according to Zorg van de Zaak. This type of stress often leads to absenteeism at work. The organization is therefore launching a campaign to draw more attention of the psychological and physical consequences of stress, and to break through the taboo of speaking about it, NOS reports.
Employees in healthcare are increasingly resigning to go work elsewhere, either at another healthcare institution or in a different sector entirely. Absenteeism in healthcare is also at the highest point in five years, according to figures by research agency EY, NOS reports.
Staff turnover in healthcare is currently over 13 percent and absenteeism at almost 6 percent. Both turnover and absenteeism are highest in mental health care, youth care and care for the disabled.
The number of medical vacancies at Dutch hospitals doubled over the past year, resulting in longer waiting lists for surgeries, broadcaster NOS reports based on its own research into staff shortages at hospitals in the Netherlands.
A massive 62 percent of employers in the Netherlands have to deal with staff facing financial problems, according to a report by national budget information office Nibud. A worker with a full time job and a modal salary that has debt problems, could cost an employer up to 13 thousand euros per year, the report states, according to NU.nl.
Seven percent of police personnel stayed home sick on an average day in 2015, according to figures from the police's central works council. That comes down to between 4,500 and 4,600 police employees sick per day
A total of 9,972 school-age children in the Netherlands are not attending school for a short or long period. 40 percent of them are enrolled in a school, but have not attended for more than four weeks. The truancy figure is down from last year's 10,680, according to figures Education State Secretary Sander Dekker sent to the lower house of Dutch parliament on Wednesday
Currently, employers have to pay their workers when they take medical leave because of an injury they get outside of their job. This should not be the financial responsibility of employers, argues the VVD, but rather employees should purchase insurance to cover them in case of an accident.
Psychological problems cost Dutch businesses 20 billion euro every year. This includes the costs of care, absenteeism, loss of productivity and disability. The 20 billion euro is about 3 percent of the size of the Dutch economy.