Sickness Management

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.

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.

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.

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