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Sickness Absence Policy

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Note: this article was first written by our colleagues at Solve HR, before Solve HR joined Law At Work in March 2020. We have imported this...

Sickness absence is an issue that affects every organisation. According to one survey, the days lost as a result of sick absences came to a cost of £16 billion for employers in 2015. It's, therefore essential to have robust sickness absence policy and procedures in place in order to monitor and manage sickness absence. Here are Solve's top 5 tips to sickness absence management: 1. Have a clearly defined sickness absence policy and procedure with set trigger points 2. Ensure that everyone in the organisation is aware of the policy and procedures and the attendance standards expected of them 3. Ensure that all absence is recorded and monitored, look out for patterns in attendance 4. Have a Return to Work Interview after every absence in order to understand the reasons for the absence and identify underlying issues 5. Ensure that the policy and procedures are consistently adhered to and followed through to ensure fairness for everyone in the organisation

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