Absence management

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Understanding the importance of managing absence
The tool is designed to help participants understand why it is important that absence is managed effectively.
The impact of absence on all stakeholders
Thetool can be used to ensure participants understand the impact that absence has on different stakeholders in an organisation.
The benefits of attendance and how to encourage it
This tool highlights the importance of staff attendance and identifies strategies that participants could implement in their own organisations.
The role of line managers in absence management
This tool helps line managers understand the importance of their role in managing absence effectively.
An overview of the legal framework of absence management
This tool gives a very brief overview of some of the key legislation in relation to managing absence.
Understanding why employees are absent
This tool gets people to understand and appreciate the reasons why employees are absent.
Measuring absence in your organisation
Use the tool to get participants to understand the importance of measuring absence and for them to gain an understanding of the different tools that can be used.
Obtaining and understanding absence data
The objective of this tool is to get participants to understand the benefits associated with understanding and analysing data so that absence can be managed more effectively.
Clarifying roles in the absence management process
Use the tool to provide clarification of the roles in the absence management process.
Absence management - introduction to practical skills
Use this tool to provide an introduction to some of the key practical skills needed to manage absence effectively.
Having difficult conversations with employees following absence
The tool provides learners with the support and confidence needed to enable them to carry out difficult conversations that they need to have with employees following an absence.
Using your listening skills in absence management
Use this tool with line managers to emphasise the importance of listening skills and provide them with an opportunity to practise this within a safe environment.
Communicating with employees about absence
This tool highlights the necessity of communicating the importance of absence management to employees on a regular basis.
Overview of methods of managing short-term absences
The objective of this tool is for participants to gain an understanding of the key methods that can be used by organisations to try and reduce short-term absences.
Common problems in managing short-term absences
This tool is designed to make participants aware of some of the common issues that managers can face when dealing with short-term absences and review some of the ways to overcome them.
Effective return-to-work interviews
This tool supports participants in gaining the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to carry out effective return-to-work interviews.
Embedding absence in your HR policies and practices
This tool enables participants to gain an appreciation and understanding of the importance of embedding effective absence management into related HR policies and practices as part of a holistic approach.
Understanding the issues in managing long-term absences
Use this tool with managers to help them understand the key issues surrounding the effective management of long-term absence.
Approaches to minimising long-term absence
The tool can be used to increase awareness of the different approaches that can be taken to minimise long-term absences, for the benefit of employees and the organisation.
Common problems in managing long-term absences
You can use this tool to review some of the common issues that managers face when dealing with long-term absences and methods of overcoming them.
Dealing with long-term absentees
The tool can be used with participants to help them understand the importance of maintaining contact with long-term absentees and consider possible interventions.
Supporting employees on their return to the workplace
This tool can be used with participants to help them understand the difficulties that employees can face when they are returning to the workplace after a long period of absence and to learn how they can be supported.