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Life satisfaction ratings highlight importance of early absence intervention:

People off sick from work have the lowest life satisfaction scores

People who are economically inactive due to being temporarily sick or long-term sick have the lowest average life satisfaction and the highest average anxiety ratings.

According to data from the Office of National Statistics, the average life satisfaction rating out of 10 for those who are economically inactive due to long term sickness and temporary sickness is 5.7 and 5.8 respectively.

People with long-term and temporary sickness had an anxiety rating of 4.7 and 4.9 out of 10 respectively, while those who are employed had a lower rating of 3.0.

Legal & General said the figures highlight the importance of work to the mental wellbeing of employees.

The insurer said the longer an employee is off work, the more difficult it is for them to return. Legal & General has found from its own data that absences are typically 40% shorter when they are notified early.
Jim Islam, executive managing director of Legal & General’s corporate business, said: “These findings demonstrate the need to get people fit and back into work as quickly as possible, for both their physical and mental health. Employers also benefit from having their employees back working as soon as possible.”

Economically inactive people with the highest life satisfaction ratings were retired people and students, who both scored 7.8 out of 10. They were also the least anxious yesterday, scoring 2.7 and 3.0 out of 10 respectively.

Reference: Health Insurance Daily Nov 29 2013