Top 5 effective options in managing absence

The health and wellbeing of everyone in the workplace should be a key goal for all business.

People’s wellbeing is critical in its own right and a fundamental component of doing business in the workplace. New Zealand lost around 6.1 million working days to absence in 2012. Non-genuine sickness absence is believed to account for 5% of all working time lost to absence on average, at a cost of around $283m to the economy.

An absent employee typically costs their employer $837 a year including the salary cost of absent individuals and replacement costs (through temporary staff or overtime worked by other employees for example).

An absent employee typically costs their employer $837 a year.

How to manage absences – touch, pause, engage.

The most effective options for managing absence levels include high levels of employee engagement, flexible working and the line manager taking primary responsibility for managing absence. chart_wellness02

We also see rehabilitation plans (e.g. staged return to work) and health and wellbeing services or programmes featuring highly in the 2013 Wellness in the Workplace Survey.

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