Absence Management Seminar

December 6, 2011

Dealing with sickness absence proactively and in a timely manner is important for all employers.  Our team at HELP held a Seminar on 29th November 2011 for our clients and local businesses to attend, to give support and guidance on how to discuss these issues and cut the cost of absence within your business.

Absence management, short or long-term, can have a real impact on your productivity and the profitability of your business; however it requires consistent and proactive management to ensure your employees are treated fairly and sympathetically.  It also safeguards the morale of other employees, as they do not suffer from the burden of extra work.  Donna Lewis our Training Consultant conducted the seminar, where we discussed the different reasons that cause employees to take time off work, these include holidays, maternity/paternity leave, domestic and family emergencies and weather and travel disruptions.  All of these issues are likely to happen in your business and the key to saving time and money is to deal with them proactively.

Return to work interviews are an effective tool for dealing particularly with persistent episodes of short term absence.  They are not formal meetings, but give both parties an opportunity to discuss the reasons for the illness and any underlying problems, which may be affecting the employees’ ability to do their job.  The Company can offer assistance to the employee in this supportive environment and provide a sound basis for further action should it be required.

The main objectives of the session were to understand why employees take time off, how to manage absence effectively within the law and how to support employees in the workplace to reduce the amount of time lost to sickness absence.

To put it into context, in 2006 alone there were 175 million work days lost due to sickness and long term absence contributes to 75% of all absence costs, which cost businesses £11 billion pounds per year*.

Employers should bear in mind the comments employees make regarding the working environment and attempt to make it a good place to work!  Building productive and supportive working relationships with your employees will encourage them to come in to work instead of taking a day off when they feel like it as they will not want to let either you or the team down.

Overall the seminar was well received and provided some key information for the clients who attended, they all enjoyed the event and from our feedback they benefited form the session.  We will be holding further seminars in the future so if you are interested in attending or have any questions about today’s topic please contact us.

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