Benchmarking sickness absence

02 Oct 2018

The Chartered Institute for Professional Development (CIPD) have replaced their annual survey on absence management with a slightly broader look a health and wellbeing at work 2018.

They found:

  • Overall absence levels went slightly up since the last absence management report from in 2016 from 6.3 to 6.6 days a year per employee
  • Public sector absence remains much higher at 8.5 days a year
  • Stress and musculoskeletal injuries (including back pain) remain the most common cause of long term absences.

Schools HR advice

Absences can be a very high cost to schools both financially and in terms of the impact it can have on other staff.

A return to work interview aligned with a consistent trigger mechanism to review attendance are regarded by employers as the most effective approach for managing short term absence.

For those schools that use the generic medical capability procedure Schools HR continue to recommend that any member of staff who has over 7 days absence in a rolling year should at least have an informal review meeting with their manager.

For advice regarding the management of an employee’s sickness absence please contact your HR adviser. Visit the HR advice and consultancy 2018/19 service page (see related service page below) .

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