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Bosses say dental visits impact on business

Almost 1 in 8 managers in the UK has a problem trusting their staff when it comes to taking time off to visit the dentist, new research reveals.

According to Simplyhealth's annual dental survey, 13% of bosses dictate when employees can visit the dentist and, in some cases, actively discourage any visits to the dentist during working hours.

But while many managers admit to subjecting their staff to high levels of scrutiny, the impact of employees not being given time to attend to dental matters threatens to have an adverse effect on their career.

Three-quarters of employees (75%) feel their chances of career progression could be affected by virtue of having bad teeth, while 4 out of 10 managers (40%) say an employee with an unattractive smile or bad breath would not be taken to client meetings.

Nearly a third of bosses (30%) cite bad teeth as a reason for not promoting an employee.

Simplyhealth's annual dental survey also suggests that while many employers are unhappy about staff taking time out of the working day to visit the dentist, more than half (56%) believe staff absenteeism would be significantly reduced if dental benefits were included in the employee benefits package.

Meanwhile, three-quarters indicate its provision would lead to an improvement in employee morale.

James Glover, corporate director at Simplyhealth, says: ‘All managers want to be able to trust their staff, as a positive relationship between manager and employee is far more likely to lead to a good and sustained working relationship.

‘But staff absenteeism is a frustrating and costly issue for many managers in the UK, and giving staff time off to get their teeth checked can have a significant impact on the day-to-day running of a business.

"The economic conditions are certainly playing their part in how infrequently people visit the dentist, and indeed 45% of people we questioned cited cost as the main reason for delaying treatment. However, those who decide to put off dental treatment can only expect their teeth to get worse, which can ultimately result in more expensive treatment and the need to take more time off work.'

‘Employees who are helped with the cost of dental treatment are more likely to visit the dentist at a time that works for their employer. Additionally, private appointments are often more flexible than NHS ones, which could enable staff to better fit around the working day.'

 Posted on : Thu 30th - Apr - 2009

 

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