Staff take less time off more seniors monitor

Non-attendance
levels are at their lowest when senior managers hold responsibility for
managing sickness, a survey by the CBI reveals.

The
Counting the Costs: 2002 Absence and Labour Turnover survey drew responses from
746 firms employing more than 2.3 million workers.

Seventy-three
per cent of organisations place sickness monitoring in the hands of line
managers – resulting in an average of 7.6 days lost per employee.

But
when senior managers are given responsibility, the number of days lost per
employee dropped by more than two-and-a-half days to five per year.

In
cases where HR managers have responsibility, the average number of days lost is
six-and-a-half. However, HR was only given responsibility for monitoring
sickness absence in 13 per cent of the companies monitored.  www.cbi.org.uk

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