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Dealing with Chronic Mondayitis

How to Reduce Duvet Days and Increase Attendance...

Dealing with Chronic Mondayitis
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ISBN: 978-87-7681-896-8
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Pages : 51
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About the book

  1. Description
  2. Preface
  3. Content
  4. About the Author

Description

This book is a useful guide for those who are new to HR or managing teams. Tackling Chronic Mondayitis takes the reader through the various forms of absence, measurement of absence and sets out the management processes in simple, straightforward steps. Written in an easy-to-read style by an HR practitioner of considerable experience, the reader will understand what has to be done to reduce sickness absence, guidance on best practice as well as some robust no nonsense advice. Illustrative case studies add an amusing human dimension to the topic.

Preface

It is a fact of life that people become ill from time to time. You very occasionally come across those rare employees who have never taken a day’s sickness absence in 20 years, but I can count the number of such hardy souls on the fingers of one hand and still have a few fingers left over. It’s true that the more senior the role, the less sickness absence people tend to take, but even senior managers and self-employed people get sick occasionally (and their motivation to attend for work tends to be among the highest there is).

As employers we have to accept that there will always be some sickness absence and manage accordingly. There is a distinction between knowing that there will be some sickness absence and managing unacceptable levels. It’s important to remember that life isn’t always black and white and that while our policies and procedures provide useful guidance, there’s no ‘one size fits all approach’. Every case turns on its own facts.

That said, as employers we also have a responsibility to deal with absence. Absence can be a serious drain on a business for both large and small organisations, with the direct costs running to billions of pounds a year. Absence places a burden on colleagues and a failure to manage poor attendance can result in poor morale if the issue is not tackled, with a consequent effect on productivity and profitability.

Tackling absence isn’t always straightforward. Absences come in different forms, may be of varying durations and be for a variety of reasons. Employers have to develop a range of proportionate responses. There is no one ‘right’ way of going about it, but any actions you take must always be fair and reasonable. Remember that inappropriate or discriminatory action can lead to expensive legal settlements.

Many employers are reluctant to manage absence, but it’s really important to take control of any attendance issues. The costs of absence are high and failure to address problems impacts on everyone in the business. Simple ‘crack-downs’ can be counter-productive, but attendance control works better where it is part of a wider set of measures. Dealing effectively with absence calls for a continuous and coordinated effort. Sound, fair and consistent policies and procedures can provide a framework within which absence problems can be better handled.

The real key to success to managing absence at work is taking action at an early stage, keeping good records and following correct procedures.

Content

  1. Overview of the Ebook
    1. Introduction
    2. Assessing the Cost of Absence
    3. Reducing the risk of sickness absence
    4. Where are we now?
    5. Ensure reporting procedures are followed
    6. Trigger points
    7. Return to work meetings (RTW)
    8. Dealing with absence where there is no underlying medical cause
    9. Medical advice
    10. Workplace stress
    11. Disability discrimination and the duty to make reasonable adjustments
  2. Assessing the Cost of Absence
    1. Introduction
    2. Cost
    3. Methods of measuring absence
    4. Reasons for absence
  3. Reducing the risk of sickness absence
    1. Introduction
    2. Don’t recruit a problem
    3. Holistic health
    4. Insured benefits
  4. Where are we now?
    1. Introduction
    2. Methods of measuring absence
    3. Patterns of absence
    4. Keeping records
    5. Data protection
  5. Ensure reporting procedures are followed
    1. Introduction
    2. What must be notified?
    3. Use telephone conversations positively
    4. Collect data
  6. Trigger points
    1. Introduction
    2. What is a reasonable trigger point?
    3. Be precise and measureable
  7. Return-to-work meetings
    1. Introduction
    2. Points to cover in a RTW meeting
    3. RTW questions
    4. The Headmistress technique!
  8. Dealing with absence where there is no underlying medical cause
    1. Introduction
    2. Effective strategies for managing absence where there is no underlying medical cause
    3. Disciplinary action
  9. Medical advice
    1. Introduction
    2. Occupational health v employee’s own GP
    3. Access to Medical Reports Act 1988
    4. Conflicting medical reports
  10. Workplace stress
    1. Introduction
    2. Legal risks associated with stress
    3. Reducing the risk of stress
    4. HSE guidance
    5. Handling stress at work
  11. Disability discrimination and the duty to make reasonable adjustments
    1. Introduction
    2. Definition
    3. Exclusions
    4. Reasonable adjustments
    5. Examples of reasonable adjustments
    6. What happens if existing employees become disabled?
    7. Emphasise the positive

About the Author

Kate Russell, BA, barrister, MA is the Managing Director of Russell HR Consulting and the author of this publication. As Metro’s HR columnist, she became known to thousands, with her down-to-earth and tactical approach to HR. Kate is a regular guest on Five Live and her articles and opinions have been sought by publications as diverse as The Sunday Times, Real Business and The Washington Post, as well as every major British HR magazine. Her HR blog has been rated third best in the UK. She is the author of several practical employment handbooks and e-books, the highly acclaimed audio update service Law on the Move, as well as a monthly e-newsletter, the latter document neatly combining the useful, topical and the frivolous.

Russell HR Consulting Ltd delivers HR solutions and practical employment law training to a wide variety of industries across the UK. Our team of skilled and experienced HR professionals has developed a reputation for being knowledgeable, robust and commercially aware. We are especially well-versed in the tackling and resolving of tough discipline and grievance matters.

We also specialise in delivering practical employment law training to line managers, business owners and HR professionals, both as in-house, tailor made workshops or open courses. We provide a wide range of practical employment training, enabling new and experienced managers to work in a compliant and ethical fashion, and gain optimum employee output.

At Russell HR consulting we will design and deliver a solution that suits your particular needs, identifying and addressing the issues in the way that best fits your workplace.

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