Everyone has days when they are ill and unable to go to work but employees who take frequent days off work or have long periods of absence are very costly for businesses. It doesn’t take alot of absence to put a strain on business finances. The average employee takes 8 days absence a year and the consequences on productivity can be significant.
Top 4 causes of sickness absence from work
• Back pain & musculoskeletal injuries
• Stress, Anxiety & Depression
• Skin problems & breathing problems
Are you Unsure how to Deal with Employee Absence?
Dealing with an absence caused by health issues can be both confusing and difficult for managers. Managers often want to know what are the correct steps they should take to help support employees back to work. This is where Occupational Health can help.
Using Occupational Health to address Sickness Absence.
Occupational health has been shown to be effective in keeping people at work, speeding up the return to work process and reducing the cost of absence.
At WorkFuture we want to help make the process of returning to work easy and rewarding for everyone. WorkFuture has a team of dedicated health professional to support and guide your employees and managers through the return to work process. We can provide you with the right information and the right advice.
Follow our steps for effective absence management?
WorkFuture has a simple 5 step plan to help your business manage its sickness absence and prevent long term absence.
Step 1. Record your Sickness Absence
Step 2. Keep in contact with absent employees
Step 3. Use professional advice and treatment service
Step 4. Plan and provide any workplace admustments
Step 5. Agree and review a return to work plan
What makes an effective Sickness Absence Report?
We know that delays in making appointments and sending reports are frustrating for managers. That’s why at WorkFuture we aim to provide you with an appointment within 10 working days of your Sickness Absence Referral and to report back to management within 2 working days of the appointment.
Our Sickness Absence report will provide clear and expert advice to help you take decisive action. Our Absence reports include
• Fitness for Work of the employee
• Any restrictions that may apply
• Return to Work Date
• Likelihood of Further Absence
• Implications for Equality Act 2010
We also try to reduce unnecessary cost and delays by only requesting GP/Specialist reports when it’s absolutely necessary. And if required we are happy to provide telephone support to HR and Managers in order to ensure a resolution.
How to Arrange a Sickness Absence Referral?
- Speak to one of our friendly members of staff about your Absence Management
- Let us know what type of health assessment you would like
- We will arrange the appointment to suit you and the employee
- Our reports will be sent within 48 hours unless consent is required