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Managing the Invisible


This event covers both managing long and short-term sickness and tries to uncover the real reasons why people are absent from work.

The event will help you develop an action plan including having the ‘difficult conversation’, explore looking after the health and wellbeing of your employees and consider an overall approach to absence by linking attendance to job design, good employment relations, health and safety, flexible working and effective disciplinary procedures.

Business need

For many employees work means a lot more than just their wage. Studies show that work is generally good for health and prolonged sickness absence can produce its own set of problems: isolation, de-skilling, loss of confidence, mental health issues and social exclusion.

Keeping people at work and helping them get back to work as soon as possible can help maintain an employee’s health and wellbeing and improve organisational effectiveness. Managing sickness absence can be a challenge for many employers. Why is someone off? When will they come back? Is there anything I can do to help?

Note: Delegates who would welcome the chance to discuss and understand the practical application of Attendance Management will find this course of particular benefit.

Suitable For

HR and personnel professionals, line-managers, head of department, team leaders and supervisors.


Absence: facts and figures

Why are people absent from work?

What does absence cost you?

Patterns of absence

Employees and sickness

Short-term sickness

What can I do if a pattern of short-term sickness emerges?

Long-term sickness

How do you deal with long-term sickness?

Can I dismiss an employee while on long-term sickness?

How can I help an employee return to work after a long absence?

What can I do about stress and mental health problems?

One to one management skills

Having difficult conversations

The "Statement of Fitness for Work"

Preparing for a return to work discussion

Developing an overall approach

Looking after your employees

How important is the health and wellbeing of my employees?

Legal issues

Employees and unauthorised absence

Attendance payments

Venue De Vere Hotel Dunston Hall   Map (opens in new window)   Date 27/04/2017    Time 10:00 - 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.