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Absence management is a big issue for organisations, now more than ever since the coronavirus pandemic. According to the latest Health and Well-Being at Work report, the average rate of employee absence is 5.8 days per employee or 2.6% of working time lost. Some absences will always be inevitable. However, there are ways that you can best manage short-term absences, motivation, good health, and job satisfaction are essential.
Effective absence management is about supporting employees with their issues to stay in or return to work. Developing suitable return-to-work programmes and offering flexible working where possible can form parts of a good attendance management strategy.
Even though most absences are genuine, employer’s should also be able to take consistent and firm action in the small number of cases where employees could try and take advantage of their organisation, such as an occupational sick pay scheme.
There are a variety of reasons why people might take time off work:
In a recent Health and wellbeing at work survey, the main reasons for short-term sickness absence were discovered to be:
The UK legal position on absence
When used correctly, the Acas Code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures, combined with the employer’s own procedures, provide the main tools for dealing with unacceptable absence.
Employers might need to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to support workers who have a disability or health condition, as detailed in the disability discrimination provisions of the Equality Act 2010. Employers should be aware that physical and mental health conditions could be covered under this legislation.
Effects on businesses of employees being absent include:
Preventing high absenteeism within your organisation brings high morale, a happy and healthy workforce and positive commercial benefit.
We support you to proactively assess and effectively manage absences caused through sickness or injury – as well as working with you to prevent them in the future.
Managing absences in your business can become difficult and stressful if there aren’t the right procedures in place. We can help you implement an effective programme to manage absences as best as possible to ultimately help reduce absence and ensure that any absences that do occur are suitably handled, so that there is minimal disruption to the company and the employee can return to work comfortably.
Dependent on the needs of your company, the programme may include:
We offer medical assessments for long term sickness, ill-health retirement, rehabilitation or redeployment.
These medicals are carried out by our highly qualified and experienced team of occupational health advisors/nurses, screening technicians and physicians.
To find out how we can help your business to manage absence, enquire below.
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“We’ve been pleased to use My Occ Health on behalf of a number of clients, for complex occupational health assessments. The quality of the reports, together with the speed of the consultation process has meant our clients have been able to get information quickly to support staff back to work and to remain ‘well at work’.“N. Kelly, The HR Dept