Rise in Sickness Absence - what can you do to manage this in your workplace?

The 2015 Sickness Absence Survey from EEF has reported that two fifths of employers saw an increase in the number of working days lost to long-term sickness absence in the past year. This is the biggest rise in long-term absence in five years, despite overall sickness absence remaining low (2.2%).

Long-term sickness absence brings with it a unique set of problems:

  • In general, the longer a person is off work on sickness absence, the harder it is for them to return.
  • It is difficult for GPs to make decisions about their patients' return to work without a full understanding of their jobs and working conditions.
  • The management of long-term sickness absence presents problems for employers in terms of implementing adjustments tied in with a person's rehabilitation, and dealing with the uncertainty caused by the lack of defined recovery period.

If this is something that you are experiencing in your workplace and you want advice with specific relevance to your organisation, then contact us on 01782 366215 or via email info@phoenixoh.com

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