Sickness Absence 

Sickness Absence can be a significant cost to your business. Sickness Absence costs UK business billions of pounds per year! Recent studies show that, on average, an employee takes at least 6 days' sick leave every year. For a small to medium sized business, this can have a significant impact on the bottom line. 
 
Do you measure the impact of Sickness Absence to your business? Do you have fair and consistent procedures in place? 
 
When your employees are absent due to sickness, do you: 
 
•Have an efficient absence recording system? 
•Keep in regular contact? 
•Obtain medical reports to assess their condition and ability to return to work? 
•Offer light duties or alternative work to encourage a quicker return to work? 
 
When an employee returns to work after a Sickness Absence do you hold a "Return to Work Interview"? 
 
If an employee has a disability, do you consider making reasonable adjustments in the workplace to enable the individual to return and remain at work? 
 
If the employee is unlikely to return to work, do you: 
 
•Make sure that you have obtained up to date medical information on their health condition? 
•Hold a meeting with the employee to discuss their medical prognosis and its probable consequences? 
•Have a procedure to enable you to terminate their contract of employment if appropriate? 
 
If the Sickness Absence process is abused, do you have the resource and expertise to manage a disciplinary procedure which could result in a dismissal? 
 
At Plain Talking HR we offer a FREE first consultation. This can be used to discuss your current policy and procedures on not only Sickness Absence but also other types of absences, both authorised and unauthorised. 
 
THE PROCEDURES THAT PLAIN TALKING HR DEVELOP FOR YOU WILL FORM PART OF AN ABSENCE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME  
AND HELP YOU MANAGE ALL OF THE ISSUES SURROUNDING ABSENCE 
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