Employee Absence

01 December 2017

Each year the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) in conjunction with Simply Health conducts an absence management survey covering a wide range of industries. The recently published 2016 survey results identified the following key points:

The average number of days’ absence each employee takes fell from 6.9 days in 2015 to 6.3 days in 2016 which is the lowest rate seen for 7 years, however absence rates remain highest in the public sector where employees have, on average, over 3 days more absence per year than those in the private sector.

In the public sector the most effective methods of managing absence were reported as

  • Trigger mechanisms, Return to work interviews,
  • Line managers taking primary responsibility for managing absence,
  • Occupational Health involvement

The majority of organisations recognised the critical role line managers play in managing absence, and the need for managers to be trained in managing absence effectively, fairly and appropriately in a way which supports employee well-being.

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