Managing sickness absence can be difficult as it is typically an emotive topic. After all everyone gets sick sometimes don’t they? Is it therefore right that people should be punished for something that everyone is impacted by? This is where a consistent and well publicised policy is critical. The messaging in that policy should read that you aren’t punishing people for their individual absence but it is something that needs addressing. Because we’ve supported many of these cases, we can help you!
Sickness absence needs managing for two main reasons.
The key to establishing a process is to ensure that this messaging is prominent on the policy and all communications that you make about it. It’s also key to state that you will do everything that you can reasonably be expected to do to support an employee to remain in work. Reasonableness is the key test here; how many resources do you have and what could an organisation of your size easily do to support an employee? The larger the organisation, the greater expectations that will be placed upon them.
The first task is to establish a clear policy that you will then implement. Some organisations achieve this by choosing trigger points (number of absences in a 12 month period or number of days). Others use tried and trusted methods such as the Bradford Factor. Once these triggers or points are reached, then a formal attendance meeting takes place. Because you’ve set the expectations up front, this helps you to be consistent in your approach. However, you may need to make allowances where pregnancy or disability are a contributing factor.
At Cornerstone Resources, we have HR professionals who have supported managers with complex sickness absence cases on many occasions. Because we have sat in the room, we know what it feels like to have to implement these policies. We can provide varying levels of support depending on your needs. We can:
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