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Study highlights link between unfairness and staff sickness

Work dissatisfaction can affect health, recruitment and retention
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Recent research reveals that work dissatisfaction can affect health, recruitment and retention

No one wants to feel they are unfairly treated at work – whether it is a suspicion that other people are promoted above them without reason, that they get more than their fair share of unpopular shifts, their views are not listened to or they receive no explanation about why things are happening.

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There is growing evidence that this is not just galling, but bad for your health – or at least for how healthy you view yourself. This could have implications for NHS recruitment and staff retention, as well as for approaches to sickness absence.

The latest research comes from Sweden and was conducted by University of East Anglia lecturer in organisational behaviour Constanze Eib and researchers from Stockholm University. It found that perceptions of ‘procedural justice’ –

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