Wondering how to perfect your sickness and absence policy?

This quick and comprehensive guide will ensure you’re managing your staff’s sickness absence correctly – and the starting point of a good procedure is a sickness absence policy…

From the outset, you need to consider where you’ll draw the line for unacceptable absence, so that employees know exactly where they stand – details of this should be included in your policy, as should the rules on notifying you of their absence.

How about record-keeping?

It may seem unnecessary, but keeping a record of sickness absence can be really valuable. Use a dedicated diary or maybe a spreadsheet and note:

  • Dates
  • Times
  • Reasons

Monitoring this information will enable you to spot any patterns that may arise with individual employees in terms of dates of absence or reason for sickness.

What about when they come back to work?

Always hold return to work interviews with your employees when they come back, and compare what they tell you with what they said when they reported their absence. Requiring them to explain their absence to you may make them more reluctant to take a ‘sickie’!

You should also make sure that your employees are aware of the impact of their absence, such as:

  • Cancelled appointments
  • Unhappy customers/damaged business reputation
  • Extra pressure on other staff members

Any final advice?

We’ll leave you with this final, vital tip: don’t let your responsibilities with sickness absence slip!

If your employees notice that you don’t seem to mind their absence, they may take advantage and start to take more time off than previously, which could have many repercussions for your business.

To get some immediate advice on any issues, call one of our expert advisors on 0808 159 2872. Alternatively, request a free consultation with our experienced team.