Businesses advised on how to curb 'sickies'

by Christopher Evans

Businesses have been advised to implement strict sickness absence policies to discourage staff from taking non-genuine absence.

Sue Hayday, senior research fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies, said: "Measures such as return-to-work interviews after every absence, collection and provision of good absence data, the creation of a culture which does not tolerate casual absence, trigger points and, most importantly, ensuring that line managers are trained and able to manage the attendance of their staff will all be effective."

She added that staff who take time off work due to family responsibilities or problems could be offered flexible working arrangements, such as home working or the offer to make up the time at a later date.

Her comments come after research by Unum found that long-term sickness absence due to stress is falling, now accounting for 23 per cent of all long-term absences.

However, figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed last week that the level has in fact risen by 0.7 percentage points over the past year.

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Published on: June 23, 2010

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