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.


On the mend

7 Sep 2004

Alternatives to how sicknotes are issued are being piloted.
News that pilots looking at alternatives to GPs writing sicknotes are...

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Sickies are worse for business than stress

5 Sep 2004

Workers taking 'sickies' place a greater burden on organisations than stress-related absence, a poll by an HR website has reported

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Myths about sickness absence

5 Sep 2004

Are some traditional beliefs about illness and sickness absence unfounded? Sally O'Reilly investigates

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OH award winner pilots absence system

2 Sep 2004

A local authority OH department is piloting a sickness absence recording system that helps keep track of staff who come into work, only to then go off sick or go home

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More than just a headache…

2 Sep 2004

Efforts to curb rising absence rates have led some employers to trial schemes where workers are not paid for the...

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Sickies are worse for business than stress

1 Sep 2004

Workers taking 'sickies' place a greater burden on organisations than stress-related absence

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Myths about sickness absence

1 Sep 2004

Sickness absence is a headache for UK employers, with costs estimated at 11bn a year and around three-quarters of a million employees off work with long-term sickness

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Hackney HR leads the way

24 Aug 2004

Hackney Council suffers from a poor public image, yet it has the won Investors in People kitemark. HR assistant chief executive Terry McDougall tells how she and her team did it.

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From absence to attendance

13 Jul 2004

Sickness absence is no longer a medical issue for employers, it is a strategic one.

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Doctor, doctor

1 Jul 2004

Tesco is running trials to see how it can improve its unplanned absences. In the trials, which involve voluntary participation, the retailer is not paying for the first three days of a staff member's sickness. Here's what other HR professionals had to say on the subject.

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Equal triangle?

1 Jun 2004

Employers need to make small but significant changes to internal processes surrounding discipline, illness and annual leave for temporary workers....

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