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Preventing sickness absence

Written by: Fit for Work team | Posted in: Uncategorised

If you make sure that you understand the causes of sickness absence, provide free health and safety training for your staff and take steps to ensure that staff are made aware of guidelines and policies, you can help prevent absence.

Health and wellbeing at work

By promoting health at work, and creating a safe workplace for your employees, you can effectively manage health and safety in the workplace, help prevent accidents and sickness absence.

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Talking to employees about their health

As an employer, it is, of course, important to achieve the highest level of attendance possible. After all, by preventing and reducing sickness absence, you can reduce business costs and increase productivity.

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Health and safety in the workplace

In 2013/14, an estimated 2.0 million people in Great Britain were suffering from an illness (long standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work (Source: HSE Health and Safety Statistics Annual Report for Great Britain, 2013/14). It’s therefore important to ensure that your employees know how to work safely and are aware of any hazards and risks they may face at work.

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Creating a sickness policy

In order to manage attendance and help every employee understand the policies and procedures they must follow in the event of an absence, you should develop a sickness absence policy.

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Common causes of work absence

As an employer, it’s inevitable that some of your employees will be absent due to sickness or illness. This type of absence will naturally resolve itself, but for a small number of employees, sickness absence can lead to much longer time off work.

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