15 Top Tips to Reduce Absenteeism in your Organisation


At Via Vita Health we often work with our clients to help them reduce their absenteeism. Absence is often a core driver for their health and wellbeing programme and a clear KPI for the success of their efforts. According to the CIPD Absence Management Survey 2015 “Organisations that achieved their absence targets were significantly more likely to manage absence through promoting health and well-being than those that did not achieve their targets’ hence more and more organisations are waking up to the strategic and commercial benefits of promoting health and wellbeing to their workforce.

At Via Vita Health we firmly believe that reducing absenteeism requires a threefold approach:

  1. Prevention (proactive)

  2. Management

  3. Treatment (reactive)

Prevention (Proactive)

Proactively supporting well-being can prevent people from going off sick, or deal with an issue before it becomes a real problem. And with the estimated cost of absence to employers being around £550 per employee per year, the spotlight is very much on promoting workforce health.

  1. Health Promotion In the Workforce

  2. Educational workshops and training on nutrition, physical activity & mindset

  3. Health activity provision such as boot camps, yoga, running clubs, walking clubs

  4. Healthy food provision (fruit, healthy canteen food)

  5. Support for National Health Awareness campaigns

  6. Charity affiliations at organisational level

  7. Discounted gym membership

  1. Workload & Culture

  2. Actively identifying risks and stressors in the workforce i.e workload,accident, injury

  3. Senior business leaders set example of work life balance, not 24/7 culture

  4. No weekend or holiday working expectations

  1. Health Screening / Health Checks

  2. Occupational Health Screening

  3. Lifestyle & Health Consultations

  4. Medical Checks

  5. Onsite Physiotherapy/nurses

  1. Management Training

  2. Mental Health First Aid

  3. Stress Indicator and Management Training

  4. Drug & Alcohol Awareness

  1. HR Policy

  2. Flexible Working Policy, duvet days

  3. Holiday Enforcement

  4. Make absence management a KPI for your business

  5. Incentive schemes tied to absence

Absence Management

Absence is a cost for every business, how you manage it internally can have a huge impact on your employees, your managers and your bottom line.

  1. Robust and visible absence management policy and procedure

  2. Monitor absence trends and enforce policy

  3. Record absence accurately with as much detail as possible

  4. Management Training

  5. Training on HR policies and Procedure

  6. Back to work interviews

  7. Signposting to relevant services such as Occupatioanal Health

  8. Recording absence accurately

  9. Employee Training

  10. Training on HR Policies and Procedures

  11. Information and awareness of resources available to them for support

Treatment ( Reactive)

Treatment is usually the strongest and most visible part of an organisation’s approach to health , wellbeing and absence management, as most employers are keen to get their employees back into work as quickly and efficiently as possible. So if we focus all of our efforts here, is it not already too late?

  1. Occupational Health Providers

  2. Occupational Physiotherapy

  3. Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

  4. Health Care Benefits/ Cash Plans

  5. Managed, phased back to work policy and guidance for managers

By looking at absence holistically through this threefold approach you are more likely to reduce absenteeism within your organisation and to feel the benefits both financially and operationally. To truly develop a culture of health and well-being that inherently reduces absenteeism, an inclusive approach is needed, with activity that appeals to the diverse needs of the workforce and considers physical health, mental health and lifestyle factors.

So ask yourself, is employee well-being viewed as ‘a nice to have’ or fundamental to the way your business operates?

For more information or to book your free consultation contact us at info@viavitahealth.co.uk.

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