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Absence management and return to work interviews


This full day event will provide you with practical management skills to improve attendance in your workplace.

We will focus on good practice techniques to manage absence effectively, including how to conduct a successful return to work interview.

Business need

Employee absenteeism causes significant strain for organisations in terms of resource and productivity.

Developing fair and consistent policies for reducing sickness absence can benefit the whole organisation. This can lead to improved motivation, reduced levels of stress, healthier working teams and increased productivity.

The ability to balance the health and welfare needs of staff with robust attendance policies is an essential element to any effective workplace. This event provides delegates with the knowledge and confidence to achieve this.

Suitable For

Managers, supervisors, team leaders, HR professionals, business owners, Trade Unions, employee representatives and anyone involved with managing absence -from all sectors.


Our expert-led training sessions are designed to facilitate discussion and interaction. This event will cover: 

  • Absenteeism – what it is and what causes it
  • How to identify patterns of short-term absence
  • The benefits of an absence policy and early intervention
  • Key skills; consistency, communication and fairness
  • Statement of Fitness for Work (the fit note)
  • The legal landscape; maternity, disability discrimination and reasonable adjustments
  • Return to work interviews; how to plan, prepare and conduct the interview and agree further action
  • Short term sickness absence trigger points
  • How to manage long-term absence
  • Recognising potential stress and mental health issues
  • Discipline and dismissal  

Why Acas?

Acas offers comprehensive, authoritative and affordable training and advice you can trust.

We are at the forefront of developing and improving employment relations, people management and HR practices in the workplace. We have been one of the leading experts in this field for over forty years working daily with a wide variety of organisations from all sectors. This unique experience gives a valuable insight to our training and advisory services.

Our comprehensive range of advice and support services can provide additional assistance for your workplace should you require this.

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


We also offer free e-learning on a wide range of employment relations topics. It's a great way to develop, enhance and refresh your knowledge, providing you with the opportunity to work through theory, explore case studies and answer interactive questions.

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 Edinburgh - Venue TBC   Map (opens in new window)   Date 28/11/2019    Time 09:30 - 16:00   
Price £175.00 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.