HR Clinic: Focusing on Absence

Posted in : HR Updates on 2 August 2010 Issues covered:

Q. The sun is shining (Ok, in some parts of the country it is), the kids are off school, the daylight hours are longer and people are doing more ‘socialising’ of an evening. Could this have an impact on the surge in our absence levels? It’s certainly not flu season.

Summer can be a time when your employees feel refreshed and recharged, but can also present domestic issues, for example, around child care when kids are off school. If your policies treat lateness as a disciplinary issue, you may find staff report ‘sickness’ when in fact juggling domestic commitments. The longer evenings can provide temptation to overdo the socialising on ‘school nights’ impacting on fatigue and the ability to

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