Dresden (dpa / sn) - According to evaluations by the health insurance company DAK, employees in Saxony reported sick more often in the first half of the year than in the previous year. The sick leave rose by 0.7 percentage points to 4.8 percent, making it the highest since the beginning of the pandemic, as the health insurance company announced on Monday. Almost every fifth day of absence (19.3 percent) was due to diseases of the respiratory tract. The analysis was based on all sick leave from around 55,000 insured employees.
The DAK also referred to the significant increase in absenteeism due to mental illness. Absences from work due to depression, stress or anxiety increased by almost half (47 percent) from 2011 to 2021. Their importance for the heart attack risk is often underestimated, said Enenkel. Absences due to mental illness have been increasing for years, and negative stress is a major burden. In the course of an initiated Forsa survey, the DAK sees a cause in the gap between performance and reward. 15 percent of those surveyed did not think their pay was appropriate, just as many expected or experienced a deterioration in their work situation and 13 percent considered the recognition of their bosses to be too meager.