Council appoints manager to chase sick leavers

Croydon
Borough Council is to appoint a project manager to reduce absenteeism.

The
annual average of days lost through sickness at the council is 12.37 days,
compared to the London boroughs’ average and the Audit Commission’s target for
2000/01 of 10.5 days.

The
appointment of the project manager, who will receive a salary of £35,000 a
year, is just one way the council is trying to reduce absence. It will also
introduce flexible working.

The
council is implementing job shares, flexitime, authorised home working and
compressed hours.

The
council will consult with unions next month and hope to appoint their project
manager in May.

www.croydon.gov.uk

By
Paul Nelson

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