Dealing with sickness / absence
A common problem, as an employer, your company could be faced with is absence, whether through sickness or unauthorised time off. An employee’s absence can be a result of a range of underlying reasons for absence and poor time-keeping, which can include sensitive issues, for example, physical and psychological effects of pressure (stress), drug or alcohol related problems.
As an employer, you have a responsibility for the health and safety of your workforce, including providing a health working environment. Legally, this is a health and safety requirement under legislation and common law.
When faced with problems in this area, if dealt with fairly and in a timely manner, this can be nipped in the bud and the company’s position safeguarded. Handled wrongly, or ignored, these issues can fester and put the success of the business in jeopardy and give rise to unwelcome publicity.
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