Absence management is still a high priority for HR professionals for the year ahead, according to recent research from Personnel Today's sister publication IRS Employment Review.
Its HR Prospects 2005 survey of 487 employers shows that three-quarters expect absence management to be a top-three priority in the year ahead, while six in 10 of all the employers cited it as a top-three priority for their organisations last year.
Tackling short-term absence is a top priority for most of this year's respondents, although the findings show they are optimistic, with almost two-thirds expecting overall absence levels to improve this year. However, more than one-third (38%) of employers believe that stress-related absence will increase in 2005/06, compared with 31% predicting an improvement.
Two-thirds of employers are planning to increase health promotion and wellness activities for the year ahead, although only 20% of employers attempt to evaluate the impact of investing in health and safety on employee and organisational performance.
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