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Managers 'should follow up on staff absence'

11 October 2012

Keeping track of any patterns that begin to emerge in an employee's sick days can help ensure absenteeism does not become a problem in a business, managers have been advised.

Hilary Jeanes, leadership coach and HR consultant with PurpleLine Consulting, said that it is important to be proactive rather than reactive when dealing with an employee who appears to be taking too many days off.

"Encourage managers to speak to the person when they are back at work and make contact with the employee if they are off work for any length of time," explained Ms Jeanes.

However, she stressed that it is also important to be compassionate and ensure that sick staff are treated fairly and kindly, as this can help set a positive tone throughout the company.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development recently revealed that the average level of employee absence has fallen from 7.7 days to 6.8 per employee over the last 12 months.

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Categories: Functional Practices, Human Resources

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