Preventing sick leave in your company
Sick leave is a strain on both the employee and the company
There are significant personal costs for the strained employee, both in terms of finances and well-being
Sick leave is an expenditure that the majority of companies must take seriously, as it is not limited to the immediate reduction in workforce during the absence itself: the fall in both productivity and employee satisfaction can continue far beyond the actual sick leave period. Working preventively with sick leave can reduce expenses, both in terms of the decrease in productivity and the associated temporary replacement costs, phasing-in periods, etc. throughout any period of absence.
How can sick leave be prevented?
Sick leave can be caused by many things and preventive measures will differ accordingly. Therefore, dialogue and open communication should always be among the first steps when discerning the reasons for a high rate of sick leave in your department or company. The Workplace Assessment (WPA) will also be able to uncover focus areas that can affect sick leave. However, even if you receive a lot of different descriptions of what is causing your employees’ sick leave, improved performance throughout the workday could, everything else being equal, be able to minimise the risk of sick leave, and should therefore be incorporated into your preventive measures.
How can performance be improved in a department under pressure?
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