A good sickness policy should set out what you expect from your staff, and what your staff can expect from you, provide a fair, clear, and supportive framework for dealing with what can be a stressful and upsetting time for both staff and managers. It should identify levels of sickness which are above normal and therefore prompt formal meetings under the sickness procedure. It should explain how an employee will progress through these levels, and how they will be supported at each stage. It should be fair and reasonable, and not penalise staff for being ill whilst ensuring that intervention is early enough so that staggeringly high sickness rates don’t begin to impact negatively on the organisation.
Without a robust sickness policy, managers are powerless to address high levels of sickness amongst their staff. How can you tell someone their absence is too high when you have not identified normal levels of absence? How can you dismiss someone for ill health when they have not been supported? How do managers know what process to follow and when, and how do they make sure they treat everyone the same?
By implementing a well thought out and thorough policy, you give your managers the key tool they need to manage sickness and reduce absence levels.
If you would like to discuss implementing a sickness and attendance policy, please contact us on 020 3856 6025.