The London Olympics is getting closer and closer.

Have you been preparing? If not, you should be!

Why? Because unplanned absence can cost UK businesses up to 16% of payroll. Can your company afford that?

A pattern seems to be emerging whereby staff call in sick when key events are on e.g. the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee & major football events.

In a previous post, it was considered how to prevent unplanned absence through some useful tips. However, despite your best efforts, there is still a likelihood that sickness absence will occur. That’s what this post will focus on: how to manage sickness absence amongst your staff.

Managing absence effectively will help towards reducing the predicted short-term sickness during the Olympic period.

Steps you can take to manage absence:

1. Monitor absence data on a regular basis

Review staff with suspicious levels of absence – this may be identified through the Bradford Factor, an extremely useful tool in identifying short term patterns of absence. You can calculate your Bradford Factor for free by clicking here.

2. Monitor staff that repeatedly have high sickness absence levels

Ensure disciplinary procedures are being adhered to. Or in other cases, you may want to offer employee assistance programmes or occupational health, if available.

3. High level managers ensure line managers offering support, where necessary, to those staff being helped back to work

And the lesson is….

Avoid being part of the predicted increase in sickness absenteeism by managing it well.