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Health Assured team

05 March 2018

Staff absenteeism at work can cause a great deal of issues both from a productive and financial outlook, and therefore many employers will seek ways to prevent it. There are numerous staff absence solutions that can be put into place which will benefit not only the business, but the lives of many staff. Staff absenteeism can often be addressed by getting to the root of a problem that an employee may have, and by being aware that they may need professional support or assistance to work through it. This article will help to give you an idea of some of the staff absence solutions that are available to businesses, which can improve the situation and work towards better overall workplace wellness.

What are the effects of long-term sickness from work?

  If staff need to take time off work to recover, for example from mental health issues, this can greatly affect employers. Not only can it lead to delayed projects but workloads may be increased for other members of the team which can in turn lead to stress. The unwell employees may also suffer from additional stress as their income can be affected, which can cause difficulty paying bills. They may also find that they have fallen behind with new company procedures or practises which can begin to affect their position in the company. In the past, managers may have felt powerless to manage staff sickness but this no longer has to be the case, as there are now effective absence management procedures that can be put in place.

Effective staff absence management procedures

There are many steps that employers can take towards managing absence in the workplace. One of the most effective solutions can be introducing a service such as an Employee Assistance Programme. This will give employees who are struggling with mental health, or issues related to workplace stress, access to support that will keep them in work while they recover. One of our clients who put this service in place found that 85% of its users remained in work for the full duration of their therapy. This greatly reduces the risk of negative repercussions from prolonged absence. If a critical incident takes place that affects a business’ workforce, this can result in multiple absences that could have negative consequences for the company. To combat this, a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) service can help those affected to work through their responses to these incidents, and trained clinicians can be on-site within 24 to 48 hours. CISM can also work by giving 24-hour telephone support to individuals, as we understand that people can react in different ways and at different times and as a result, will need constant access to expert help. As you can see, there are many ways that employee absence management can be put into place to improve absenteeism situations. For more information about the services we offer, get in touch with our team of experts today.

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