Sickness absence costs the UK over £14 billion every year. Repeat and preventable absence puts a strain on the business, the team and the individual. Being able to effectively manage sickness absence and put in place proactive strategies to reduce absence and support employees is crucial for any organisation.
The Coronavirus pandemic has also brought sickness absence to the top of agendas with many challenges, questions and issues likely to be around for some time.
After attending the conference, you will:
- Understand and adapt to the changes the Coronavirus pandemic has brought to sickness and absence
- Be able to comply with the legal guidance on absence, from family-friendly rights to disability and chronic illness
- Create a healthy work environment and eliminate negative mindsets and working patterns, including absenteeism and presenteeism
- Focus on developing team performance and employee engagement with the promotion of positive mental health
- Develop your sickness and absence policies for short-term and long-term absence and identify the reoccurring patterns
- Know how to conduct Return-to-Work Absence reviews, and how to proceed with disciplinary actions
- Registration and refreshments
- Chairperson’s introduction
Sickness & absence in the time of Coronavirus
- How has coronavirus impact sickness & absence management?
- What is the current guidance?
- Absence management with at-risk employees
- Specific legal advice: SSP, holiday and unpaid leave
- Break and Networking
The legal position on sickness and absence and the employer’s responsibility
- The legal standpoint of disability and chronic illness
- Family Friendly Rights: updates to maternity, paternity and parental leave
- Addressing reoccurring cases of sickness
- Employees responsibility to provide adjustments in long-term absence
- Mental health and sickness absence
Creating a healthy and inclusive work culture to reduce sickness absence
- Is absenteeism an employee issue or a culture issue?
- Eliminating negative presenteeism from your workplace culture
- Being proactive not reactive: creating a healthy workplace
- Fostering greater employee engagement
- The importance of promoting positive mental health
Developing your sickness and absence policies and processes
- What key elements need to be covered?
- Short term and long-term absence
- Identifying trends or patterns in absences
- Return to work: conducting sickness absence reviews
- What are the next steps for when disciplinary action needs to be taken?
Remote working, flexible workers and absence
- Improving remote practices to minimise staff sickness
- Managing time and attendance for remote workers
- Trust and communication or time-sheeting? Technologies for remote working practice
- Creating a sustainable work-life balance culture
- Break and Networking
Implementing an innovative and effective mental health and wellbeing strategy
- End of conference