Now Christmas is over, has sickness set in?
With Christmas over, we have all eaten too much, it's still raining and now it's time to return to work.
As an employer you may find that the post Christmas blues have set in and your employees seem to have cough, colds and flu.
Sickness absence can cause employers a great deal of lost time and money, and can also cause low morale, resentment and stress for employees who have to cover for those off sick. Managing sickness absence appropriately, when it occurs, can help to reduce your levels of absence.
Whether it is short term absence, genuine frequent but unrelated illness / injury or genuine regular illness, sickness absence needs to be managed. Are there ways you can improve your absence figures? Just a few small steps could make all the difference.
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- Review your existing absence management policy. Sickness absence policies help employers and managers to properly manage sickness absences by providing guidance on the steps that should be taken and when, and also help ensure that all employees are treated consistently.
- Carrying out return to work interviews can be a way of getting to the cause of the problem and help employers to find ways to prevent sickness becoming a regular occurrence.
- Consider ways of increasing staff morale.
- Ensure that your managers receive appropriate training on how to manage absence. Why not book your managers on our next in-house absence management training course?
If you would like further information or assistance with regards to managing sickness absence, contact Pardoes experienced team of employment solicitors on 01823 446200.