Does the absentee level of your staff keep you awake at night? Are you unsure how to approach the situation, worried that you might even make things worse? Then you need to consider absence management solutions. And because these solutions benefit staff as well there should be little resistance to their implementation.
Changing the culture of the workplace can be tricky, and absenteeism is no exception. However, introducing sickness absence management, should, if handled correctly, be relatively painless. The key is to identify and relate to your staff how the program benefits them in the short and long term. The key benefit from the point of view of the employee is that such programs focus on them, their needs and their strengths and abilities. Rather than feeling that they are being punished or harassed about what they can’t do, corporate wellness requires companies to look at what their staff can do.
Once this idea is set in stone, the next benefit to this approach is that those that require extra assistance, or changes to be made to their environment will see those changes happen, such as in-office dispensing. Similarly, those that need referrals to medical practitioners will see those happen much quicker than they would if they had to deal with the issue themselves. For those that don’t need this support at the moment, there is the knowledge that it is available, and the added bonus of knowing that their colleagues will be fitter, more focused and better able to carry out their share of the work. All of this of course benefits you, even if it is just in terms of giving you a better night’s sleep to start with.
Absence Management Companies – Finding The Right One
If you are concerned over the level of absenteeism within your business, you may have considered turning to one of the many absence management companies for help. While this is a great idea, it will only remain so if you choose the right one for your business. Use these handy hints to help you in your decision making process.
The role of such a company is to help you to manage and hopefully reduce the number of days that employees take off due to sickness or injury. When looking for the right company to deliver your sickness absence management you want to consider companies that work in partnership with you and consider your need individual business needs. Companies who believe that there is a ‘one size fits all’ solution are best avoided. In tandem with this, you also want a company that can provide a full range of services, from initial employee and environment assessments, through to program implementation and medical support. This approach will ensure that the service that is provided is joined up and that everyone is working from the same guidelines. If parts of the service have to be brought in from another provide this is a lot else likely to happen. One of the most important considerations is whether the company that you are looking to for corporate wellness initiatives are up to date with employment guidelines. This is even more important if you are also looking for a training partner for aspects such as manual handling.