Absence Management Survey
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The new CIPD absence management survey was issued this month and overall there was a slight drop in absence, which is great to hear from a SAM perspective. SAM works hard to help schools reduce absences and so the drop from 8.8 average days absent per employee per year to 7.4 days is a positive result. However, as CIPD mention in their summary it is the change in attitude and management that is the most pleasing.
Many organisations recognised the importance of giving line managers responsibility for absence and increasing the information they had available to them. SAM is focused on helping clients to achieve this by providing information at the touch of a button and allowing varied levels of access, so line managers can be involved. The point that was concerning however, was the drop in the number of organisations who were effectively training their managers to handle absence or providing them with support, such as access to counsellors.
Stress-related absence remains the top cause of long-term absence and the second for short-term absence, only just behind minor illnesses. Two-fifths of respondents also said that mental health issues had increased over the last year. As CIPD state the most effective absence management approach “is one which is coupled with a focus on health promotion and employee well-being”. We understand that here at SAM and focus on helping clients to identify trends early so that support can be provided before issues develop. For instance, a ‘concern’ trigger can be set for stress so you are aware as soon as an employee has a single day off for this reason.
We’ve pulled together a quick summary of the key facts of the survey below. If you need any help with absence management training, counselling, occupational health management please get in touch. Those of you who use SAM already know that the software helps to support wellbeing and reduce absence, if you haven’t tried it yet get in touch to arrange a free demo, and see how SAM could help you, call 01924 827869.
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