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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4 Oct 2019

Almost one in five engineers has lost a colleague to suicide, while more than a fifth have had to take...

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Top 10 HR questions September 2019: The effect of a leap year on pay

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11 Sep 2019

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Top 10 HR questions July 2019: Spent convictions

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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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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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Encourage healthier habits among Generation Z, employers urged

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

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7 Jun 2019

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

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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

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

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