The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s Absence Management Annual Report calculated that the annual bill to employers of sickness absence is a painful £554 per employee. Another major piece of research by XpertHR put the average collective cost to UK employers at some £16 billion, with 2.8% of working time lost.
It’s a serious and costly issue – and one your business can address.
Absence management services help you tackle days lost through sickness by providing you with vital information to help you identify issues and giving your employees access to advice, support and treatments to help them better maintain their health.
Online monitoring tools can help you identify sickness patterns by parameter, including analysis by department and type of ailment, allowing you to develop both pro-active and reactive strategies to minimise prevalence.
Giving your staff access to expert health and lifestyle advice and enabling early intervention, empowers them promote their own wellbeing, whilst rehabilitation services help them recover and return to work more quickly. This advice can also address the growing problem of employees attending work when they are sick – called “presenteeism” – when it is in their interests, and those of your business, for employees to stay at home and recover.
Absence management solutions can be implemented as standalone solutions which complement existing HR department activity, or as part of an integrated Employee Assistance Programme.
They may include:
Towergate Health & Protection can help you devise a cost efficient absence management solution designed specifically to meet the needs of your business, reduce the cost of employee sickness and maximise productivity and profitability. For advice on absence management solutions request a quote from a business team today.