» How Can Shoes For Crews Help You Combat Absenteeism in the Workplace?

How Can Shoes For Crews Help You Combat Absenteeism in the Workplace?

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The last couple of years during the COVID-19 pandemic have had a large impact on absences from work and how many sick days employees need to take. Musculoskeletal issues were among the top five reasons for absence in the UK in 2021Our mission at Shoes For Crews is to keep the workforce safe on the job with comfortable, quality protective footwear solutions—reducing accidents and saving money.

Keep reading to learn how Shoes For Crews can help prevent absenteeism in the workplace.

Short term absences vs long term absences

The HSE has provided guidance materials on how to reduce the number of slips and trips in the workplace. The organisation has also developed three online tools to help employers deal with slipping and tripping risks and reduce absences.

Short term absences

A short-term sickness absence is defined as lasting less than a week. Implementing return-to-work interviews can enable managers to start a conversation about any underlying issues an employee might have or experience while on the job, anything that may cause unforeseen absences.

Short term absences include:

  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Stomach upsets
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Irritating aches and pains

The CIPD states that non-genuine absence remains among the top causes of short-term absence for a quarter of organisations.

Long term absences

Long-term absence is usually defined as lasting at least four weeks and can be challenging to manage; the longer a worker is off ill, the harder it can be for them to return. Stress and acute medical conditions head up the list for long-term absence.

To prevent them, try talking to the team members who are experiencing chronic aches and pains or are at risk of developing a chronic illness. This could be due to lack of flexibility or ergonomic issues. Offer any suitable accommodations for workers who are dealing with such pains.

Fostering a trusting culture enables managers to detect issues when they arise in the early stages. The more comfortable your staff feel in terms of sharing issues and problems they are facing, the easier it will be to give them the support they need.

3 Effective ways to combat absenteeism in the workplace

We strive to help reduce the number of slips and trips in the workplace. We want everyone to start and end their day on a great note. There are several other factors that can contribute to a positive environment that your employees will enjoy returning to again and again.

That is the reason why we have built our shoes to handle some of the most common hazards employees face on a daily basis. Learn how wearing our shoe styles can help combat absenteeism in the workplace:

1. Prevent slips and falls

If proper, well-fitting work shoes are supplied to all employees, this will result in fewer work-related short and long-term leaves of absence. Prevent accidents or injuries from occurring in the workplace and promote a safe and healthy working environment. Accidents can be expensive, and your company can lose valuable time by having key team members take days off. 

Wearing slip-resistant work shoes will help to protect your team from preventable slips and falls. Shoes For Crews earned a 5-star rating in 2021 for our GRIP strength by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Our TripGuard technology has a slight bend and narrow lug profile, meaning employees can easily move between slippery floors, carpets, and runners. Teams love our Ollie shoe styles because of their slip-resistant outsoles, removable cushioned insoles, and lightweight composition.

Four restaurant servers standing on the main floor wearing supportive slip-resistant footwear

2. Contribute to good musculoskeletal health

Shoes For Crews can help prevent long-term chronic illnesses like foot and leg pain. We have improved the structure and weight of our shoe styles by using a foam composite in each insole. This technology makes every step 100 grams lighter. If you calculate that over the course of an 8-hour shift, this brings enormous relief on the legs, knees, and joints.

With adequate support and comfort, your staff will be able to power through their day pain free! By preventing chronic musculoskeletal illnesses, your employees will be less likely to take medical leave, whether it is short or long term. Proper, well-fitting footwear promotes a positive and healthy working environment for all team members. 

For long, busy shifts, waiters in the hospitality industry prefer our Freestyle II workplace athletic shoe style. It is comfortable, lightweight, and offers slip-resistant support.

Freestyle shoe in black with slip-resistant white outsole featuring lightweight construction and comfortable insoles.

3. Foster commitment and trust within your team

Long-lasting footwear for your employees can not only be an effective way to enjoy their work but can also strengthen team spirit. Fostering strong commitment and trust at the workplace will help lower job retention rates. When your employees feel good doing their jobs, they will work better as a team.

For example, kitchens trust Shoes For Crews to provide high-quality work shoes for their teams with our very popular Radium and Zinc shoe styles. Our TripGuard technology has a smaller, narrow lug, meaning employees can easily change surfaces such as walking on wood to tile floors.

Safety, fashion, and comfort. It is more than a promise, it is our passion. We offer a range of durable work and safety footwear combining smart, trendy styles with optimum comfort.


If your business is looking for long-lasting footwear for your staff, please reach out to us for more information. We are confident we can find the right shoe styles for their needs and improve their overall work experience.

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