Absence management

Any form of sickness absence whether frequent or long term can have a high impact on your bottom line particularly if you are a small or medium size business. Occupational health can play an important role in advising and assisting business in helping to reduce absence rates as well as enable employee to return to work where rehabilitation allows. We can assist business to develop and implement effective sickness strategies.  Here are some recent Scottish health stats:

2.1 million working days were lost due to workplace injury and ill health in 2010/1.

1 in 4 Scots will experience mental ill health every year.

The main cause of absence from work continue to be associated with musculoskeletal problems and mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression. The fit note which replaced the sick note in April 2010 continues to be a challenge for employers and has not been the antidote to absence that was initially envisaged. We can help you interpret fit note certificates and can give you more detailed advice when ‘phase return to work’ or ‘light duties’  are recommended by GP’s

There is growing evidence to show that managing attendance proactively will add to sustainable economic growth, particularly through improved business productivity.   So having access to occupational health support enables you to respond to sick employees effectively. We can be proactive on your part allowing you to getting on with running your business. We are prepared to get to know your business well in giving you pragmatic advice on helping an employee back to work as soon as is appropriate.