Its a fact of life that everybody gets ill from time to time. Even the most motivated, hard working people succumb to the occasional bug.
So sickness happens; but there is a distinction to be made between knowing that there will be some sickness and managing unacceptable levels of absence. Absence can be a serious drain on a business, with the direct costs running to billions of pounds a year. It places a burden on colleagues and a failure to manage poor attendance can result in poor morale if the issue is not tackled, with a consequent effect on productivity and profitability.
While there are approved processes to be followed, life isnt always black and white. Our policies and procedures provide useful guidance, but theres no one size fits all approach. Every case turns on its own facts.
You have to develop a range of proportionate responses and any actions you take must always be fair and reasonable. Remember that inappropriate or discriminatory actions can lead to expensive legal settlements.
This book shows you how to reduce short term sickness absence in a fair, compliant and effective fashion.