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.


Waste collection absence rates fall when wheeled bins are used

Sickness absence rates among waste collection staff could decline if local authorities changed the style of bins they provided households,...

Top 10 HR questions July 2019: Spent convictions

5 Aug 2019

There are limits to the circumstances in which employers can take a candidate’s past criminal convictions into account when deciding...

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mental health sickness absence

Majority of staff hiding real reason for suspected mental health absence

31 Jul 2019

Eighty-eight per cent of organisations believe employees have taken sickness absence because of mental ill health over the past year,...

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sick pay consulation

Government plans to widen statutory sick pay and improve workplace health

15 Jul 2019

Plans to offer a sick pay rebate for organisations that effectively help staff get back to work have been revealed...

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Generation z staff health

Encourage healthier habits among Generation Z, employers urged

20 Jun 2019

Organisations need to be aware of the health challenges faced by younger employees and the impact this might have on...

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How occupational health can help optimise wellbeing

7 Jun 2019

With many staff keen to adopt healthier lifestyles, now is a good time for organisations to look at their wellbeing...

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Top 10 HR questions May 2019: Ramadan, redundancy and references

5 Jun 2019

Many employers will have staff who have been fasting over the last month, as they observe Ramadan.
The most popular...

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NICE guidance urges better communication of sickness absence policies

31 May 2019

Organisations should implement and clearly communicate policies for reporting and managing sickness, according to new guidance from National Institute for...

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One in three say their mental health has worsened in a year

26 Apr 2019

More than a third of workers claim that their mental health has deteriorated over the past year, and many are...

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Need-to-know wellbeing insights for 2019

18 Apr 2019

PROMOTED CONTENT |Health and wellbeing is a key focus for many organisations in 2019. And rightly so. According ...

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Majority of absence and presenteeism could be addressed by ‘targeted’ employer support

15 Apr 2019

Three-quarters of ill health-related presenteeism and absence in 2018 came from factors that employers could have influenced or addressed, according...

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Menstruation: Is period pain a disability?

12 Apr 2019

Many men and women still view menstruation as a taboo topic and feel uncomfortable talking about periods, even though they...

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Webinar: Managing sickness absence during pregnancy

9 Apr 2019

Employers need to take particular care when managing sickness absence during pregnancy as the legal framework protecting pregnant employees is...

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One in six endometriosis sufferers gives up work

21 Mar 2019

As many as one in six women with endometriosis could be giving up work because of the effects of the...

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Vodafone offers staff who experience domestic abuse additional leave

7 Mar 2019

Vodafone Group is to offer all staff who experience domestic abuse 10 days’ additional paid “safe leave”, after it found...

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