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AUTHOR: Neil Rankin
This IRS survey includes feedback from more than 170 employers about the ways in which they manage long-term sickness absences, the measures they have found prove most effective and the impact on their organisations of such extended periods of sick leave.
On this page:
How employers define long-term sickness absence
The impact of long-term sickness absences on employers
Employers' attitudes towards long-term absences
Rehabilitation success rates
Policies and procedures
Responsibility for managing long-term absences
Supporting line managers
Using a case management approach
Chart 1: Using case management to address long-term absences
Criteria for selective use of case management
How employers manage long-term absences
Keeping in touch with absent staff
Referrals to healthcare practitioners
Formulating plans for a return to work
Reasonable adjustments and other changes
Employers' feedback on the most effective measures
Effective measures based on rehabilitation rates
Employers' hints and tips
Table 1: How employers keep in touch with employees on long-term absence
Table 2: Temporary changes offered to help employees get back to work
Table 3: Permanent changes offered to help returning employees stay in work
Table 4: The most effective ways of managing long-term absences
Box 1: Effectively managing long-term absences: employers' hints and tips
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