Managing Absenteeism in Winter

Managing Absenteeism in Winter

The Christmas party season is a great way to let off steam and celebrate the year’s achievements, whether it be the work’s Christmas party, a meal out with friends, or drinks after work. However it can also be a trigger for increased workplace absences due to the effects of employees consuming too much alcohol.

In addition, if staff turn up for work and still have alcohol in their system the morning after drinking, they may be less efficient or even endanger themselves and the people around them. Over 200,000 people turn up to work every day with a hangover! – Alcohol Concern.

Effects of a hangover can include;

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Dehydration
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity to light

all of which can be particularly hazardous for workers performing safety-critical duties.

Having an effective reporting system in place for managing employee sickness can act as a deterrent for non-genuine cases (such as not feeling up to work due to late night partying) as well as providing your business with detailed absence reporting, tracking and review.

 “Overall, 30% of organisations report that non-genuine absence is one of their top causes of short-term absence for manual workers and 18% for non-manual workers”

CIPD Annual Absence Management Survey Report 2014

Our nurse-led absence management service, Nurses On Call, is a fully transparent, user-friendly system for online or telephone reporting of unplanned employee absences. By following up on highlighted cases of absenteeism, our nurses identify and support employee-specific issues which may be contributing to the absence. Early signposting of such cause-related absences will prevent escalation and enable further company support to be provided, encouraging a prompt return to work.

Find out more about Nurses on Call on our website or contact for further information.

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