Dealing with persistent staff sickness


Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|Persistent staff absence through sickness can cost employers dearly. Peter Grose explains where you stand legally| Short-term absence by staff can have an enormous impact, not simply on the profitability of care homes, but particularly on the quality of care delivered to residents and the morale of both the remaining staff and the residents. Effect of absence on the employer Confederation of British Industry statistics estimate the costs of sickness absence to be as follows: – The average direct cost of absence each year is around £434 per employee; – The cost to the UK economy is £10 – 12 billion per year; and – Short-term sickness absence accounts for a staggering 80 per cent of absences and 62 per cent of lost time. Given the scale of these costs, even small improvements can lead to significantly greater cost savings than can be achieved in other areas of the business that are more traditionally focused upon by management. Ill health vs unauthorised absence There are many genuine reasons for persistent





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