The consequences of not managing sickness

In 2017 employees across the UK had on average 4.1 days off work for sickness absence.

Absence costs the UK economy £17 billion a year! How much is sickness absence costing your business?

  • Sickness absence can reduce productivity, which can impact customer satisfaction.
  • As an employer you are obligated to pay salary/sick pay to the absent employee, but you may also need to find temporary cover, or pay other employee’s overtime, which can be costly.
  • Absent employees can also have a negative impact on other staff, as the pressure is on them to take on the extra workload which potentially could lead to stress and further absences.

The Office of National Statistics reported that over 30% of absence is related to minor illnesses, such as the common cold, which would result in short term absences.

Short term absence can be more difficult to manage than long term absence, particularly if the short term absence is more frequent.

Having a process in place to manage sickness absence can help reduce absence levels. An effective absence management procedure can assist in spotting issues early and tackling these to avoid further absence.

For long term absences, early intervention is essential. Working with an occupational health provider can assist in getting employees back to work with the required support.

The benefits of managing absence can improve general health and well-being in the workplace, which can lead to increased motivation and engagement.

Effective absence management will also reduce absence related costs for the company, therefore increasing profitability.

For further guidance on how to manage absence within the workplace, please contact us via our website enquiries link.