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Managing Long Term Absence


Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to effectively handle long term staff absences.

Business need

Long term absence is costly for any organisation and can have a huge impact on productivity, morale, customer service and employee engagement. 

In this course our experts will show you how to deal fairly and effectively with cases of long term absence. 

Get our top tips: we’ll be covering what you can and can’t do in managing long term absence and giving you practical advice in how to handle situations including complex cases such as stress-related absences. 

This session also includes an overview of the new ‘Fit for Work’ service. Find out how this new provision fits into your current practices and how you can access these services.   

Suitable For

Managers, Supervisors, Team leaders, Line Mangers, HR Professionals, Business owners, Trade Unions, Employee Representatives and anyone involved with managing long term absence issues.


This course aims to improve your knowledge and skills in handling long term absence. 

We will look at best practice in absence policies, and the practical steps that you and your managers should be taking in managing cases of long term absence.

Delegates will also learn about the new free Government ‘Fit for Work’ Occupational Health service for employers and employees. 

The session covers the following areas:

- The law and the steps you need to follow

- Identifying the causes and the potential costs of long-term absence in your workplace, including stress

- Collecting data and information

What to include in an absence policy

- Increasing confidence amongst your managers or supervisors

Communicating with and responding to staff who are absent from work

Holding informal meetings and return to work interviews

- Considering reasonable adjustments

The ‘Fit for Work’ service and how it will operate

Terminating employment due to long term absence

Venue Acas Manchester   Map (opens in new window)   Date 18/05/2017    Time 09:30 - 16:00   
Price £170.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt
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* Max of 4 delegates per organisation. Please call Acas on 0300 123 1150 or email if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.