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What do you need to know about handling employee absence and sickness

What do you need to know about handling employee absence and sickness

Employee absence due to sickness can be a major challenge for any employer, both in terms of productivity and cost.

It is important for you to have effective policies and procedures in place to manage sickness absence and ensure that employees are supported in returning to work as quickly and safely as possible.

What can you do to support your employees?

  • Have a clear sickness absence policy: You should have a clear policy in place that sets out the procedures for reporting sickness absence, the expectations on employees, and the support available to help employees return to work.
  • Monitor sickness absence: You should monitor sickness absence closely to identify any patterns or trends. This can help to identify any underlying issues that may be contributing to absence.
  • Offer support: This could include offering flexible working arrangements to help employees manage their condition.
  • Maintain regular contact: You should maintain regular contact with employees who are absent due to sickness, to keep them updated on any developments and ensure they feel supported.
  • Be aware of your legal obligations: It is important to consider your legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010, which protects employees from discrimination on the grounds of disability.
  • Take a proactive approach: Promote employee health and wellbeing, you could do this by offering health and wellness programs.

By following these top tips, you can effectively manage sickness absence and support employees in returning to work as quickly and safely as possible.

This will not only benefit employees, but also improve productivity and reduce costs for employers in the long term.

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