High rates of staff sickness absence? What tools are you using?
Post it Notes
Effective staff absence management starts with the right tools. Spreadsheets, notes and paper systems may record staff sickness, but they won’t help you manage sick days or give you the absence management data you need.
A recent survey found that 23% of UK businesses don’t even keep records on staff sickness – but staff absence adds up.
Staff sickness software could make a huge difference to both your absence rates and your business.
CIPD’s Annual Report on Staff Sickness
The CIPD Annual Employee Absence Survey reports on sickness absence data across a wide range of industries. In 2016, staff sickness was equal to 6.3 days absence per staff member. This is significantly higher in the public sector.
Based on this data, here’s how sick days add up for an employer with 200 staff:
No. of staff
No. of sick days each
Lost working days
Absence Management tools for tackling short term absence
Accurate Absence Recording
Absence Analysis & Reports
Robust Return to Work
Absenteeism and the excuses staff make
Whilst staff sickness is no laughing matter, some of the sickie excuses we’ve heard for taking sick days have made us smile.
We compiled some of the funniest sickie excuses into our video – which became an instant hit:
Absence Management tools for long term Sickness Absence
Long term employee sickness requires a different management approach.
Employers will want to minimise the period of absence, carefully manage and record every step of the process, and support the employee to return to work when they are ready. Activ Absence sickness software can assist in many ways:
Track GP Fit for Work Notes
A Robust Return to Work Process
Trigger Points for Regular Reviews
Referrals to External Professionals
Activ Absence reinforces your Absence Management Policy
Having a formal absence management policy ensures consistent handling of staff sickness absence, which is important in an increasingly litigious society.
The Activ Absence system supports and reinforces your staff sickness policy and can be configured specifically to work the way you do.
If you don’t have a staff sickness policy yet, Activ Absence helps you put a formal framework in place, and the trigger points and absence management reports will monitor staff sickness automatically.
The system acts as a deterrent to staff sickness, and businesses using our software report a 20-30% reduction in short term sickness absence and better management of long term staff sickness.