Absence Minded: Managing Absenteeism

Duration : 2 hours Course Level : Introductory Delivery Method : Online
Course Cost : £41.99

Do you have staff who are regularly absent from work due to sickness or family commitments? Do you ever have good reason to believe that someone’s absence is not for a genuine reason?

Employers suspect that 12% of absences each year involve staff 'pulling a sickie', which translates into a loss of 21 million days at a cost of £1.6 billion to the British economy [1]. As well as the financial burden absenteeism places on businesses, it puts pressure on colleagues, damages morale and impacts upon overall productivity.

Absence Minded: Managing Absenteeism Helps managers to understand the underlying reasons for absenteeism and to prepare and implement appropriate procedures for managing it. By following the simple, three-step approach outlined in the course, managers will be able to reduce levels of absenteeism dramatically.

This course is structured around a series of engaging video clips featuring Tim Vine and Nina Wadia. Key messages are delivered with simplicity and impact, making learning more memorable.

[1] CBI / AXA survey 2006

Who is the course for?

Absence Minded: Managing Absenteeism is suitable for managers and supervisors who believe that absenteeism levels within their business are unacceptable but are unsure how to tackle the problem sympathetically and appropriately.

This course is appropriate to any business sector, there are no formal entry requirements and employees do not require any prior experience.

What will you get from this course?

When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • acknowledge when absenteeism is a problem
  • identify the reasons for absenteeism
  • prepare and implement procedures for managing the problem
  • conduct a return to work interview
  • reduce levels of absenteeism

Course features

Famous faces including Tim Vine and Nina Wadia show you that when someone calls in sick, it doesn't necessarily mean that they are ill. A hapless manager doesn't even recognise that absenteeism is a problem within his department - until it is pointed out to him! A video diary allows his team to air their thoughts and the manager recognises that, by taking a positive approach, he can reduce absenteeism levels dramatically.

Set in everyday surroundings, the performers act out realistic situations in a light hearted and entertaining way that will help you recognise some common errors and understand how to correct them. The familiar settings will help you to apply the material to your own workplace.

Before you begin the course, you'll take a short test to help identify any knowledge gaps. As you work through the course, you'll be presented with simple exercises to check your learning. At the end there is a 15 question quiz to help sum up what you have learned.

You can start the course straight away and access it at any time, providing you have the use of a computer with an internet connection. The course is available for six months from the date first accessed.

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