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Managing absence at work


Learn practical management techniques to help improve attendance, and discover what the law says you can and cannot do when managing workplace absence.

Business need

This half day training will show you how to improve attendance in your workplace. We will provide detail of good practices and discuss some of the key skills and techniques that can make managing absenteeism easier.

Benefits of attending:

Employee absenteeism puts significant strain on an organisation, in terms of costs, productivity and additional burden on colleagues. Balancing the health and welfare needs of staff with robust and fair procedures which ensure employees don’t take advantage of unclear policy is essential for the overall productivity of a workplace.

Strategies for reducing sickness absence assist the organisation as a whole and lead to improved motivation, reduced stress and healthier working teams.

All delegates will receive an electronic certificate of attendance for their participation in the training.

Suitable For

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

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


This event will cover:

  • What is absenteeism and what causes it
  • Identifying patterns of short-term absence
  • Benefits of an absence policy
  • Line manager skills, consistency, communication and fairness
  • Statement of Fitness for Work (the fitnote). Are these binding? What can an employer do on receipt of a fitnote?
  • Absence management and the legal landscape: maternity issues; fit notes; unauthorised absence;
  • Return to work interviews and further action
  • Dealing with short and long term sickness absence and setting triggers
  • How to manage long-term absence. Keeping in-touch and access to medical records
  • Identifying potential stress & mental health issues
  • disability discrimination; reasonable adjustments; discipline and dismissal,– what you can and can’t do and what resources are available.

Have a large group of staff to train?

To save you time and money, we can deliver bespoke training at your workplace. To find out more contact our Customer Services Team on 0300 123 1150 or complete our online enquiry form

Need more than training?

We recognise that every organisation is different. Our specialists can diagnose issues in your workplace and tailor practical solutions to address the challenges faced by you and your staff. To arrange a call or visit or to simply find out more, contact our Customer Services Team on 0300 123 1150 or complete our online enquiry form

Venue Newport: Holiday Inn   Map (opens in new window)   Date 12/09/2018    Time 09:30 - 13:00   
Price £105.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt
To book now

* 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.