Introduction and Background Information

Somatizing tendency refers to a certain predisposition where one worry about common somatic symptoms. The aspect is associated with certain aspects of health-related behaviors such as musculoskeletal pain as well as associated disability. The condition can be measured using instruments such as Somatic Symptom scale, Scale derived from the Brief Symptom Inventory as well as the Modified Somatic Perception Questionnaire. Most of these symptoms include the muscular pain especially at multiple pains, medical consultation, and sickness absence from work as well as dissatisfaction with most medical care.  Research indicates that this kind of pain has been associated with cross-section indicating the tendency to somatize predicts although it is not simply a consequence of other health aspects. In most cases, the absence from work, whether planned or unplanned, is in most cases associated to ill health of both the employees as well as the employer. Research indicates that in UK, the monetary cost to the British economy was about fifteen billion pounds. Out of the cost, about 130 million days were lost during working. Taxpayers in most cases fund about 13 billion pound on aspects that are related to health. About 2 billion pounds were directed to healthcare as well as reimbursement of sick pay as well as other taxes.  The aspect indicates that the consequences of employees  being absent from not only affect the monetary values in the economy but also the social as well as the psychological issues that further perpetuates incapacity from work.

A survey conducted by the Absence Management Survey 2016 reveals that the aspect of sickness absence rates affected the public sector more than the private sectors. In fact 5.7 days were lost in the private sector, 8.8 days among the non- profit organizations and 9.1 days were lost in the private sector. The ratings were done yearly. The reasons that were behind all these lose were due to the multifactorial factors. Such factors include the demographic values of the employees, the financial incentives as well as the work value instilled in various organizations. The research indicate that the highest loss of days related to sickness were among the health workers which averages at 3.4% hours. Absenteeism among the health workers is more risky in relation to other sectors. The aspect is due to the fact that the worker in the health-sector guarantees safety as well as soberness among other workers. In most cases, absenteeism among the health workers may as well affect other sectors.

There are different sectors that are critical in a nation’s economy. In UK the NHS differs from other public sectors in that it uses different workforce in terms of skillsets as well as occupations. A 24-hour system a day is deployed in NHS. The aspect means that the organization ensures that all its operations run for 365 days in a year. The aspect creates a specific working environment to the staffs in NHS. However, the trends in the sickness absence rates are higher in NHS in relation to other public organizations. High sickness absence rates in an organization such as NHS, increases the work load pressure on the remaining workers in the premises to work hard in their bid to absorb the additional work-load as well as maintain high standards of patient care. In most cases, the work-load may exceed the staff expectations. The aspect suggests that the organization need to adjust its program as well as increase the number staffs to cater for the risks that are associated with absenteeism. The program needs to be adjusted as more pressure may affect the working staff and more stress may be accumulated thus leading to more absenteeism.

Background Information

As pointed out earlier, Somatizing tendency refers to a situation where one worries about common symptoms. It is worth noting that these aspects are related to healthy as well as its related behaviors. The behaviors include musculoskeletal pain as well as associated disability. The somatization disorder is a manifestation of stress-disorder that is characterized by symptoms that mimics disease as well as physical injuries that have no identifiable cause. In most cases, the physical symptoms have no identifiable reason and result in multiple visits to the physicians as well as unsatisfactory lab exanimations. The symptoms may persist for years and the patient become dissatisfied by the physician. There are cases where the patients seek spiritual interventions of their illness as they blame their symptoms on some past spiritual attack as results of some past sins. Usually a discerning physician would unravel the problem for the benefit of the patient.

The impact of this disorder in most cases affects the social economic aspects of the victims as well as their working fluency. Since the individual present with various symptoms, absenteeism at work places becomes a norm. Other symptoms such as depression, suicidal tendencies, somatizing disorders as well as anxiety neurosis are common among these victims. The symptoms in most cases cause the person to be absent in her area of work.  Stress as well as other related symptoms impacts the quality of service that is offered by these workers. The other effect is that their regular visits to the physicians cause them to be absent and as a result a lot of days are lost in the end. Research indicates that these victims are likely to cause accidents even at their work places. Lack of motivation as well as poor commitment of the staff affects the visions of their premises negatively. The aspect is due to the fact that, when these victims are working, due to stress as well as somatizing disorders, they are less motivated and their efficiency lowers. The other loss that affects most of these premises is the fact that the victim’s symptoms cause them to seek medical attention time to time. As a result more pressure is piled to the working lot such that more stress is built up. The aspect may affect the entire organization due to pressure to maintain the same quality of service. The effect may extend to the healthy works duet to issues of fatigue. The fatigued workers are in turn unable to work efficiently after a period of time. The organization may in turn be forced to employ more workers to meet their standards. It is worth noting that the organization may end up paying workers that are not working. The aspect may affect the general development of the organization. More funds are diverted to pay workers that are called in to work on behalf of the absent workers.

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