Sickness affects businesses each and every day. As seasons change, seasonal illnesses do too; winter especially. Although sickness is still prevalent as we move into Summer, and it continues to affect businesses.
Here are a few key areas for you to consider reviewing:
– It is important that you carefully monitor and record sick leave. This can help you to identify trends and manage the risks around employee absenteeism. Having clear processes for employees on how they should inform you if they are unable to come to work can help your business manage short term sickness.
– Are your managers aware of the company procedures for sickness? Are they equipped with the resources to conduct return to work meetings with the employees? Managers should keep in contact with employees on sick leave to discuss their health, safety and wellbeing; unless there is an agreement in place to not make contact. Managers may need training in this area.
– Return to work interviews help to identify the reasons for sickness early. Open dialogue between the manager and employee can help uncover possible underlying reasons for absence before the absence escalates.
– Sickness policies need to clearly show the trigger points for sickness absence and the processes that will be followed if sickness reaches certain triggers. Sickness should be dealt with fairly and consistently throughout the organisation.
Contact us for help with your sickness policies.
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