Published by: Alec Colson

Counting the cost – Sickness Absence in the Workplace

According to a recent survey the median cost of absence for a private sector employer per employee is £522 per year and for the public sector £835 per year (CIPD Absence Management Survey 2016).

Efficiently handling employee sickness and an employee’s return to work is important to reduce costs and also to maintain a productive and positive employee-employer relationship. If the employment relationship turns sour, further costs are likely giving rise to possible legal claims and wasted management costs. Employers should not simply hope for the best, on the contrary, it is important that sickness absence, whether it is short term persistent absence or long term, is managed efficiently.

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