New Sickness Absence Management handbook available for employers

Trident Medical Services (TMS) has today launched a new Sickness Absence Management guide  with up-to-date advice, statistics and case examples on how to manage staff absence due to sickness. Available to download free of charge, the guide helps HR managers to put together a business case for updating their sickness absence management policy or for introducing new health and wellness projects.

It sets a context by providing statistics on the impact of sickness absence on organisations and also includes examples of businesses who have improved their sickness absence rates by implementing new policies and how this has helped to give them a competitive edge.

Advice on the importance of early intervention and how to incorporate this into health, safety and wellbeing policies is also given, along with signposting to HSE & NICE guidance.

Fiona Penfold, Managing Director of TMS and key contributor to the guide says: “When staff are absent due to ill health the costs for businesses, both direct and indirect, can begin to escalate. It is imperative to business performance for staff to be fit and healthy.

We will be seeing a significant increase in the number of older employees in UK workplaces over the coming years and supporting and preserving the health of this ageing workforce is going to be critical.

This guide is aimed at anyone responsible for staff health and wellbeing and managing sickness absence. It aims to provide up-to-date advice and, in an ever-changing legislative arena, point HR colleagues to the latest guidance from bodies such as the HSE and NICE for their guidance on managing sickness and conducting return-to-work interviews.”

Charlotte Cross, Director of Better Health at Work Alliance, a new information service set up earlier this year added added “Guides like these are useful for veterans and newcomers alike. Business case information is essential at decision level, yet often competitively guarded and hard to come by.

HR and company managers may also feel familiar with sickness absence as a topic, but nobody should feel comfortable. Reviewing policies and keeping abreast of new challenges is a test for any employer. Tools such as these that offer employers latest insight and evidence based data should always be snapped up.”

The guide also talks about the importance of integrating occupational health support into a sickness management policy and how this can benefit employer and employee.

The handbook is available to download, free, from the TMS website

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