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How to Manage Employee Absence

Wednesday 3rd July , 09:30 12:30

Virtual Workshop



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Single Delegate
£ 99.00


Did you know – absence costs businesses an estimated £554 per employee, per year. Have you recently found yourself dealing with long-term or complex staff absences? Do you need guidance on absence policies and understanding your legal responsibilities?

Accommodating absences for minor illnesses are a daily occurrence for most businesses, but things can become a little complicated if an absence is unexplained or longer than expected.

This workshop will give you an insight into the most common reasons for absence and what your sickness policies should cover.

We’ll share practical advice on how best to manage your absence challenges, including communicating with staff who are absent, conducting return to work interviews and making reasonable adjustments. We’ll also cover avoiding disability discrimination and discuss ways to support your employees moving forward.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand what your absence policies should cover
  • Communicate with staff who are absent from work
  • Obtain relevant medical records and reports
  • Deal with both physical and mental health related absences
  • Make reasonable adjustments for employees
  • Conduct effective return to work interviews


When it comes to delivering online courses, we understand that everyone learns differently, which is why we facilitate a variety of different activities to enhance your understanding of the workshop content.

We encourage open discussion and participation, giving you the opportunity to exchange knowledge, engage in teamwork and work on your communication skills! We want to hear what you’ve got to say, so ask that your cameras and mics are switched on for the session.

You’ll have the chance to work individually and within small break-out groups as we complete a range of exercises including quizzes and polls, ultimately building both your confidence and expertise.

For a more personalised experience and to ensure a truly interactive workshop, we’ve found that group numbers are best kept between 8 and 10 delegates, with no more than 12 spaces being available.

Looking for more in-depth, face-to-face learning? Have a look at our on-demand management training modules.

Resources Included

We will provide you with a PDF of the workshop slides, copies of relevant handouts and a list of book recommendations discussed during the session!


Sarah Loates

Sarah is a highly qualified and experienced CIPD-accredited HR consultant, and founding director of Loates HR Consultancy.


Loates HR Consultancy

01332 890 345

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