Workplace mistreatment and sickness absenteeism from work: Results from the 2010 National Health Interview survey

Source: Abay G. Asfaw, Chia C. Chang and Tapas K. Ray, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Vol. 57 Issue 2, February 2014
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From the abstract:
• Objective – This study examined the association between workplace mistreatment and occurrence, duration, and costs of sickness absenteeism.
• Methods – We used the 2010 National Health Interview Survey and considered 13,807 employed adult respondents. We used a zero-inflated negative binomial (zinb) model to examine the association between exposure to workplace mistreatment and the occurrence and number of workdays missed due to illness/injury in the preceding 12 months.
• Results – In 2010, 7.6% of US workers employed at the time of the survey reported having been mistreated at their workplace. Both occurrence and duration of sickness absence were higher for mistreated than for non-mistreated workers. The zinb results showed that being mistreated was associated with a 42% increase in the number of missed workdays, controlling for covariates. The marginal effect analysis showed that lost workdays differed by 2.45 days between mistreated and non-mistreated workers. This implies that workplace mistreatment was associated with $4.1 billion, or 5.5%, of sickness absenteeism costs in 2010.
• Conclusions – Workplace mistreatment is associated with sickness absence in the United States. While a causal relationship could not be established due to the cross-sectional design of the study, this study reveals the economic importance of developing workplace mistreatment prevention strategies.