Managing Long Term or Repetitive Absences

According to the CIPD (2016) the average time for an employee to take off per year due to sickness is 6.3 days.

What happens when an employee is off for a long period of time or has repetitive absences?

The management of repetitive or long term sickness can become particularly complex and if poorly handled can result in significant financial losses. Long term illness often involves problems that managers find difficult and distressing to deal with, particularly when dealing with terminal illnesses.

Specific employees may need help and support to stay at work or return to work. This may include employees who become ill or injured and whose job performance could be affected if their condition gets worse, who become disabled as defined by the Equality Act 2010 or an employee whose condition already affects their job performance and attendance.

Our aim is to help you identify the root cause for absence, plan and implement cost effective measures to assist employees back into the workplace as soon as possible, reducing the cost of sickness to your business.

The initial contact will usually be by telephone with one of our HR Medical Specialists who will use their specialist medical knowledge to try and identify the specific reason for the absence, and develop a way forward to facilitate the employee’s early return to work.


Please contact us for more guidance on managing long term or repetitive absences using the form below or calling 01892 547960

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