At Fusion, we help businesses to reduce staff absence through our absence management service.
As businesses start to recognise the impact and cost of days lost due to illness, managing staff absence is fast becoming a top priority for organisations of all sizes.
The sooner that you can manage an absence, the better. As part of our occupational health services, we can offer day-one absence management and reporting.
In this blog, we’ll explore what day-one absence reporting involves and why it might be time for your business to consider introducing the service for your employees.
Each year, the average cost of sickness per employee in the UK is £600. That’s £600 for each member of staff every year. When you add it up, that’s a cost that organisations can’t sustain.
When you also consider the fact that approximately 15% of absences (around 27 million days) are not genuine, sickness absence is costing businesses around £2.5bn each year.
Despite these numbers, 60% of businesses don’t monitor or record sickness absence costs.
Rather than spending occupational health budgets on reactive remedies, organisations should consider adopting a more holistic approach to sickness absence management.
One way to do this is by adopting a day-one absence management approach.
We’ve been using a day-one absence management approach with our own staff at Fusion since 2011. Our sickness days reduced by 28% in the first 6 months and we’ve managed to maintain those numbers.
The service includes an integrated telephone, online and consultative absence management service, allowing businesses to track, manage and reduce sickness absence.
It’s delivered through our unique six-stage approach, which includes:
Here’s how it works:
If an employee calls repeatedly during prolonged sickness absence, the service includes access to a professional occupational health advisor.
This support will result in one of four outcomes:
The individual’s line manager will be updated throughout the process.
One of the key benefits of a day-one absence management service is its immediacy.
The line manager, HR department and payroll manager will be automatically informed when an employee will not be in work that day. This will allow for any necessary adjustments to be made to the employee’s pay straight away.
If the employee expects to be in work the following day but doesn’t return, the system will automatically follow this up and send a notification for them to be contacted.
When they finally return to work, the system prompts the line manager to conduct a return-to-work interview, ensuring that they are fit for work and identifying those who might need further support.
This method of reporting provides easily-accessible data about the sickness levels of individual employees, teams and departments.
Day-one absence management can offer benefits across an entire business.
On an organisational level, it can help to:
At a line manager level it can offer:
At an employee level it can provide them with:
Find out how we helped one of the world’s largest building societies reduce absence and save money in our absence management case study.
If you’d like to do the same for your business, get in touch with the team at Fusion to find out more about our day-one absence management service.
Posted by Louise Grieb on
8 February 2019 at 10:00 AM
Absence ManagementEmployeesOccupational Health