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Managers 'must show flexibility to reduce absenteeism'

28 April 2011

Interim HR directors and other managers with responsibilities for staff wellbeing have been urged to allow a certain degree of flexibility in their dealings with employees.

Paul Roberts, healthcare consultant at IHC, said leaders need to manage "the soft side of life" to ensure their workers remain engaged and reduce levels of absenteeism among members of staff.

He claimed managers should "understand the team that reports to them, so there is flexibility to deal with our complex lifestyles and a firm but fair line drawn so that abuse of the process is limited".

Mr Roberts made his comments after a recent survey by PwC found the average UK employee takes ten days unscheduled absence from their job each year.

The report indicated that absenteeism is costing British companies approximately £32 billion a year, with UK workers taking significantly more time off than their counterparts in the US and Asia.

HR consulting partner at PwC Richard Phelps described absenteeism as "a malaise for British business".

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Categories: Human Resources

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