Absence Management

Our absence management support provides professional opinion and guidance about employees’ sickness absence; whether the absence is repeated, short or long term.

We offer appointments with our team of occupational health advisors and physicians.

The latest CIPD/Simplyhealth Health and Well-being at Work survey (2018) show that in 2017 the average number of days sickness absence per person is 6.6 days across all sectors.

The results of the survey largely echo the trends we have seen within our customer base.  Minor illness remains the most common cause of short-term absence for the vast majority of organisations, while mental ill health, musculoskeletal injuries (including back pain), stress and acute medical conditions are the most common causes of long-term absence

The survey shows that ‘Presenteeism’, or people coming into work when they are ill, has more than tripled since 2010.

86% of over 1,000 respondents to the 2018 survey said they had observed presenteeism in their organisation over the last 12 months, compared with 72% in 2016 and just 26% in 2010. The survey also found that ‘leaveism’, such as people using annual leave to work, is also a growing problem. More than two-thirds of respondents (69%) reported that leaveism has occurred in their organisation over the last year.

We work with companies to tackle these statistics.

We have experience of working with companies of all sizes and from many sectors to manage absence and will advise on the best policy for your organisation, as well as supporting you with tailor-made absence referral systems, case conferences and management training.

Why should you consider absence management?

  • To have a consistent approach to absence management within your business.
  • To help reduce the cost and impact of absence.
  • To obtain specific advice about an employee’s health condition and how they can be supported to return to work.
  • To gain advice and ideas about how to reduce the likelihood of further absences.
  • To make relevant employment decisions such as change of job role, negotiated a reduction in hours or termination of employment as a result of sickness absences with the backup of expert medical opinion.

We understand how costly and disruptive absence can be to an organisation, and have a proven track record of early intervention to help companies reduce their absence level and therefore the cost and impact of sickness.  Case conferences play a key role in our intervention.

For more information contact us on 01782 574200 / admin@hobsonhealth.co.uk

Why is absence management needed?

• To have a consistent approach to absence
management within the business.
• To help reduce the cost and impact of absence on
the day to day running of the business.
• To obtain specific advice around an employee’s
health condition and how management may be
able to support them in returning to work.
• To provide advice for individuals and management
on how to reduce the likelihood of further
absences.
• To enable management to make relevant
employment decisions, such as change of job
role, negotiate permanent reduction in hours or
termination of employment as a result of sickness
absences and with the benefit of informed medical
opinion.

Who needs it?

• This is dependent upon local attendance
management policy and protocol.
• Typically absence of 4 weeks or more would be
deemed long term, however, management can
refer at any stage.
• Occasionally referral for opinion and guidance
prior to planned surgery which would then impact
on the employee’s ability to function at work or
result in long-term absence may be appropriate.
• Employees who have been repeatedly absent
for the same condition or where it is thought the
absences could be linked.
• Managers who may have concerns about the
genuine nature of absence.

What is the process?

• Line manager or HR to complete the Hobson
Health referral form with full supporting
information and detail.
• The referral will be discussed with the
employee and signed.
• The employee being referred should be given
an employee health referral Q&A information
guide.
• The health referral form will be sent to the OH
administrators.
• Management / HR will be given the
appointment details in order to write to their
employee or, dependent on contract terms, the
OH administrators will arrange the appointment
and write to the employee.
• The OH advisor / physician will send their
report as soon as possible and within 5 working
days of the appointment.