This online training course discusses the causes of and factors behind sickness absence in the workplace, and provides guidance to managers and HR professionals about how to better manage sickness absence and minimise its rate.
Employee absenteeism is a non-recoverable cost to businesses, but this cost can be minimised by applying proven management methods. An effective absence management procedure can aid employees and employers by clarifying policy and goals and improving communication.
The cost of sickness absence to productivity can’t be understated. Sick leave payments, the distribution of an absent employee’s duties, and additional administration time spent all factor into the cost of sickness absence.
A 200 person organisation will spend, on average, over £120,000 annually on sickness absence. Clear, practical sickness absence policy can aid in bringing these costs down.
By ensuring managers understand how to manage sickness absence properly, organisations can ensure they are handling this risk effectively, legally and in a way that supports a positive work environment.
This online training course aims to enable participants to better manage sickness absence and mitigate its costs.
This course covers the following sections:
- Costs of Sickness Absence
- Sickness Absence – Impact of Employer
- Sickness Absence – Common Reasons & Impacts
- Sickness Absence – The Three Main Risk Factors
- Sickens Absence Management – Communications
- Sickens Absence Management – Recording Sickness Absence
- Sickens Absence Management – Keeping in Contact
- Sickens Absence Management – Workplace Adjustments
- Sickens Absence Management – Return to Work Plan
- Sickens Absence Management – Professional Advice & Treatments
- Sickens Absence Management – Co-ordinating the Return to Work
This online course is intended for employers, managers, supervisors, HR professionals, and others involved in the management of sickness absence at any workplace.
Participants will be able to:
- Explain the cost of sickness absence to an organisation
- Identify the causes of sickness absence
- Apply six different sickness absence management methods
Choosing Human Focus for this health and safety at work e-learning course offers the following benefits:
- RoSPA assured
- Supports compliance with health and safety regulations
- High-quality video content with clear voice-over
- Short, informative, and interactive content
- Mini interactive quizzes support retention
- Easy tracking of trainee progress
- Certificate supplied upon completion
- 100% online course
- 20+ minutes in length
- End of course knowledge test
Users need to attain at least an 80% on the end of course assessment to earn the certification. They are given multiple attempts to pass the test.
A RoSPA assured certificate issued by Human Focus to trainees upon completion of training course.
Strong communication is essential to sickness absence management. Management should approach an absent employee with empathy, should use good listening skills, and should show support.
After a sickness absence ends, a return-to-work interview can also be an effective tool. These interviews work to discover any hidden causes for the absence, confirm whether employees are truly ready to return to work, verify the contents of absence reports and documents, and possibly identify illegitimate absences.
Sickness absence is among the biggest challenges employers face to ensure the smooth operation of the organisation.
To minimise the rate of sickness absentees, employers need to develop a sickness absence management policy that provides a framework for those employees who are unable to perform job activities due to sickness and assists them in getting back to work as quickly as practically possible.
Additionally, employers can manage individual employee workloads to avoid the development of dangerous levels of stress.
Employees should be encouraged to notify employers of sickness absence as early as practically possible. A solid sickness absence policy clarifies not only the window in which employees must make this notification, but also the penalties for not doing so.