Sickness Absence Management

Course Name: Essentials of Sickness Absence Management

Approved e-Learning course

20+ minutes course

Approved By:
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Essentials of Sickness Absence Management

£25.00 +VAT


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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.

Why This Course on Occupational Health Sickness Absence Management is Vital

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.

Objectives & Learning Outcomes of Sickness Absence Management Online Course

This online training course aims to enable participants to better manage sickness absence and mitigate its costs.

Course Content

Essentials of Sickness Absence Management

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

Who this Essentials of Sickness Absence Management Course for

This online course is intended for employers, managers, supervisors, HR professionals, and others involved in the management of sickness absence at any workplace.

Learning Outcomes of Essentials of Sickness Absence Management

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

Why Choose Human Focus for Online Training on Managing Sickness Absence?

Choosing Human Focus for this health and safety at work e-learning course offers the following benefits:

  • CPD certified
  • 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

Course Format

  • 100% online course
  • 20+ minutes in length
  • End of course knowledge test

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 CPD certified certificate issued by Human Focus to trainees upon completion of the training course.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How should sickness absence be managed?

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.

How can sickness absence in the workplace be reduced?

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.

How should unauthorized absences be handled?

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.

Product Details

Study length20+ minutes
Approval bodyCPD certified
Target audienceAll managers and supervisors – awareness
FormatOne interactive module with an end of course test
AssessmentOnline multiple-choice test
CertificationOnline certificate issued immediately on course completion

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