Sickness absence

Managing sickness absence is a key issue for employers. Employee absence is a significant cost to the majority of businesses in the UK.

In addition to the direct costs of employee absence (paying sick pay and paying someone else to perform the absent employee’s work), high levels of absence can demotivate those employees who have to take on the absent employee’s work, cause all-round disruption to productivity and adversely affect an employer’s continuity of service to its clients.


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