Lowest absence rates are down to senior managers

A CBI survey finds that absence rates fall when senior managers are put in

The Absence and Labour Turnover 2003 survey of 550 respondents finds that
line managers are responsible for absence management in 70 per cent of the
organisations surveyed. However, the lowest rates of absence are recorded where
senior management has responsibility, declining to 2.2 per cent on average. A
growing number are handing responsibility over to senior or HR managers – 27
per cent, compared with 15 per cent in last year’s survey.

The majority cite return-to-work interviews as the most effective absence
management tool. But, just over half actually offer specific absence management
training for those primarily responsible for managing absence.  www.cbi.org.uk

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