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Most employees feel bad about letting down their colleagues and most employers are reasonably sympathetic about their staff’s welfare. But absence because of sickness,...

Most employees feel bad about letting down their colleagues and most employers are reasonably sympathetic about their staff’s welfare. But absence because of sickness, or another unexpected reason, can put your business in a tricky managing up and across pdf, particularly if you have no policies in place for dealing with it.


You need to know why staff are off, when they will come back and how you will deal with:short-term sickness absence which lasts less than a weekrepeated short-term sickness absences which may follow a patternlong-term sickness absence lasting several weeks or moreunauthorised absence for other reasons. Sickness absence can be caused by a mixture of:an employee’s general physical conditionworking conditions including health and safety standards, levels of stress, and harassment and bullyingfamily or emotional problems, or mental health issues other than stress.

Managers and employees often appreciate clarity and honesty about how such personal issues will be managed. There are some legal issues to take into account, but making sure your staff are well, happy and working effectively is largely a matter of doing the right thing and using common sense. This tool is aimed at small firms, and line and team managers in larger organisations.

It’s specially tailored to help small firms get their recruitment, contracts, and managing people’s performance right. See Human resources management for beginners┬ácourse dates and locations. Acas also has a full range of other┬átraining courses on hiring, managing and getting the best from staff.

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