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Absence Management

Absence Managment Northern Ireland Scotland

Employee absence is a significant cost for employers. 

Employees are absent for an average of 6.4 days per annum

Why should business manage sickness absences in the workplace

Absence management helps to support employees to stay in work or return
to work
when they have been unwell. 

Often employers find it difficult to find the balance between providing
support to the employee while they continue to work or to assist their return
to work and taking firm action to ensure that absence policies are not taken
advantage of, these policies should be within the employee handbook

Employers should record all correspondence with employees when dealing with
absence, such as phone calls and meetings. 

Line managers role in absence management

A key part of managing absence is the role of line managers. Line managers
or supervisors are the first point of contact for an employee when they report
an absence and when they return to work. 

Line managers link the employees to the owners of the business, therefore it
is essential that managers develop and maintain a good relationship with employee
to manage absenteeism. Employers should provide training for line managers to
equip with the skills to have the confidence to consider the wellbeing of the
people they manage, while ensuring their working environment suits their
needs. 

Line managers should monitor continuous absence and patterns of absence and
implement appropriate procedures when necessary. 

While line managers have responsibility for absence management, it is
imperative that employees are aware of the company’s absence management
procedure
. Employees should be made aware of this during the induction
process. Check out our YouTube video for more information on absence management

Short-term and long-term sickness absence

Sickness absence is either defined as short-term or long-term absence.

Short-term is often easier managed and can be dealt with using absence policies, disciplinary procedures and occupational health. It is important for employers to have effective absence policies and return-to-work procedures in place to form part of an effective attendance management strategy. 

Long-term absence can be challenging to manage and requires management from both HR and the employee’s line manager. Regular communication, including well-being meetings and appointments with OHC, can help to manage long-term absence.

How we can help your business with absence management

When you sign up for our retained monthly package, we include HR software which helps in monitoring employee’s absences, further to this, our HR consultants are on hand with unlimited calls and emails helping to guide you through the process.

By outsourcing HR you add another layer of protection to your business and keep yourself on the right side of employment law.

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Trevor Finlay
Trevor Finlay
2022-10-13
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Iain Mcbride
2020-08-21
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Tracy McGrath
Tracy McGrath
2020-08-21
As a start up business, we required help and support to ensure both our business and staff were protected when it came to policies and procedures. We decided to speak with Natalie to find out what we required as a business. From initial telephone conversation, to face to face meeting – Natalie has been amazing. Value for money is brilliant and always knowing Natalie is at the end of the phone for any urgent questions is great for peace of mind. This allows us to free up the time to concentrate on our business. Since engaging Natalie over a year ago, we have recommended Natalie to a number of Clients, friends and family – all have businesses that employ various numbers of staff. She is an asset to any business small or large and her knowledge is second to none.
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Anne Muir
2020-08-03
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Joanne Peters
2020-07-31
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2020-07-30
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2020-07-30
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