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Managing Sickness Absence

Employees being absent, or sick at work has many costly implications for organisations. From lost productivity to hiring agency workers covering the absence, there are many reasons employers want to keep their staff healthy, productive and at work.

At David Barber Occupational Health, we can help you achieve this with our thorough absence management plans. Contact our team if you’d like to start creating your own management plan.

How David Barber Occupational Health Manage Staff Absence

The DB Occupational Health team is well equipped with the knowledge and expertise needed to implement an extensive sickness absence plan that sees any type of absence handled efficiently. Many companies in the occupational health industry wait until the sixth week of an employee’s absence to intervene. We intervene in the fourth week of a staff member’s sickness leave. We know every day after the fourth week is detrimental to their safe return to work and it pays to intervene before this stage to ensure you don’t have to implement long term sick dismissal.

Help Improve Your Employees’ Mental Health

Mental health awareness within the workplace is increasingly important, and with 14.7% of people being likely to experience mental health problems in the workplace; having the knowledge, and steps in place to accommodate for this is crucial. At David Barber Occupational Health, David has completed a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and he can provide basic CBT to help with mental health issues. We can help you to improve your employees’ mental health in and outside of the workplace through our sickness absence policies, just get in touch to find out how.

Types of Absence Management

There are 2 types of absence management; proactive and reactive.

Proactive management

This is the most effective way to handle staff absence, providing many benefits for both employers and employees. These can include; managing expectations, allowing time to plan for the absence and ensuring a smooth and productive return to work.

It requires seeing an employee prior to a planned absence, for example, if they are undergoing a surgical procedure. Using experience and evidence-based practice, a sickness and absence plan will be drawn up for the anticipated recovery. This may include a phased return with reduced hours or duties that are gradually increased.

Reactive absence management

This takes place after an employee goes off work sick. In this case, the plan is solely focused on their return to work and determining when they will be fit to do so. We visit the individual on-site or in our Derby clinic. If an employee is fit to return, they can return at any time prior to the expiry of their sick note, with advice from DB Occupational Health.

Industrial accidents

According to the HSE, 30.4 million working days were lost last year due to work-related illness and injury in Great Britain. This is a scary figure.

Make sure your business isn’t contributing to that statistic; find out how we can help you ensure your employees are returning to work in a safe environment that keeps them healthy and productive by getting in touch with our team today.

How David Barber Occupational Health Can Help

We can help ensure that you remain fully compliant with all workplace and governmental laws that surround absence management in the workplace, whilst getting you the results you require. Contact us to discuss your requirements and we’ll help ensure your workforce can return to work after long periods of absence safely.

Online Management System

One of the many benefits we offer at David Barber Occupational Health is the use of our online management system. You will be able to access your reports from our various services and tests for each of your employees. The online system we use ensures all of your data is secured, only accessible to you via a unique login and has ISO accredited security standards. Find out more about our client system by emailing us.

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Yes, our occupational health team are here to help. Whilst where we can, we try and advice to implement a proactive management plan, we understand sometimes absences aren’t planned. In this case, we’ll work with you and your employee to create a reactive absence plan which is dedicated to helping people return to work.

Yes, we don’t just help you when it comes to planning and managing absences, we can work with you to create a policy you can use in-house to better manage your absences.

Looking after our mental health is just as important as looking after our physical health. David has a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, so we are qualified to help with mental health issues as well as physical ones.

This is for the employer to decide, depending on the type of contract the employee has.

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