The Employment Law & HR Podcast

How do you deal with persistent short-term absences?

This episode of the podcast is the second part of a mini series on managing sickness absence at work and in this episode I cover the tricky issue of how to effectively address short-term absences and the stages you need to go through if the absence levels do not improve. 

In this episode I will cover:

  • The importance of having a good sickness procedure in your Handbook or other document.
  • Why having informal exploratory discussions with employees at an early stage are important.
  • What to do when you have to start the formal process.
  • Why you need to be clear on the real reasons for the employees absences.
  • How to check if the employee has a long-term medical condition and/or disability.
  • The importance of obtaining appropriate medical advice.
  • When to consider adjustments for the employee.
  • What to do when you reach the point of dismissal
  • How to minimise your risk of an unfair dismissal claim.

Action Points

  1. Ensure that managers are trained to effectively manage sickness absence - give them the confidence to ask questions;
  2. Have a clear absence management / sickness procedure in your handbook with relevant 'trigger' points for the informal and formal procedures;
  3. Keep good records of the volume and reasons for absences;
  4. Seek advice and assistance if you are unsure how to deal with a situation.

We can help with the forms you need, the relevant procedure and training for your managers. Please do not hesitate to get in touch for some real life help for your organisation.

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In the 4th episode of this mini series I will be covering some listener questions and/or frequently asked questions so if you do have a question please get in touch: alison@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk or leave a comment below.

 

If you would like to know more about the HR Harbour Service and how you can get unlimited support from as little as £180 per month please contact me for a no obligation discussion - alison@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk or you can find full details here: HR Harbour

Don't forget you can contact us by email alison@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk or miranda@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk or by telephone 01983 897003, 01722 653001 or 023 8098 2006

Direct download: Episode_112_Final.mp3
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How can you start to reduce sickness absence in your business or organisation?

This episode of the podcast it is the start of a mini series on managing sickness absence at work and to start I cover some easy practical tips to reduce sickness absence which you can begin today. 

In this episode I will cover:

  • Some easy tips to help you to deal with sickness absence.
  • Guidance on having clear rules on telephoning in to report sickness absence.
  • Training managers to ask the right questions when someone phones in sick.
  • Back to work meetings and discussions.
  • Self-certification forms and what to include on them.
  • The importance of absence recording records.
  • Effective ways to manage sick pay.
  • How the Bradford Scale can help manage absence.
  • Why communication with staff is the key to reducing and managing sickness in your organisation.

Action Points

  1. Ensure that managers are trained to effectively manage sickness absence - give them the confidence to ask questions;
  2. Review how you record sickness absence in your business or organisation;
  3. Look at your sick pay policy and consider amending;
  4. Change your self-certification forms;
  5. Seek advice and assistance if you are unsure how to deal with a situation.

We can help with the forms you need, the relevant procedure and training for your managers. Please do not hesitate to get in touch for some real life help for your organisation.

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You can find an index of all of the podcast topics covered so fare here: Podcast Index

 

Please do leave any comments or observations you have on this case below. Please ensure that any comments are respectful to all views and opinions.

If you would like to know more about the HR Harbour Service and how you can get unlimited support from as little as £180 per month please contact me for a no obligation discussion - alison@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk or you can find full details here: HR Harbour

Don't forget you can contact us by email alison@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk or miranda@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk or by telephone 01983 897003, 01722 653001 or 023 8098 2006

Direct download: Episode_111_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:11am EST

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