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Managing sickness absence

Workplace Law today reports on a recent study that found only 15% of HR professionals consider absence management to be a main concern, even though 49% agree that managing sickness absence causes problems for their business.

The research, conducted by Imperial College Business School and commissioned by PMI Health Group, surveyed HR directors and managers for large UK organisations and found that 35% of those questioned said demonstrating return on investment was their number one priority over the coming year. Other priorities include the need to implement new systems, such as IT and flexible benefits (30%), and looking to save money on healthcare support costs (28%).

“Managing sickness absence should be a key driver behind any healthcare programme,” commented Mike Blake, Director of PMI Health Group.

“The business cost can be considerable from paying salaries or sick pay, to replacement staffing costs, not to mention its impact on customer satisfaction and workforce morale. This cost can be calculated however if robust processes for measuring absence are in place.”

Read more at: Is managing sickness absence important for business?

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