Sickness absence continues to present a major challenge for employers, with latest figures putting the median cost of absence at £455 per employee, per year. We look at how employers are training line managers to help tackle this important issue.
Workforce absence is an issue of enduring concern for employers. Our round-up of initiatives organisations are taking to manage employee absence focuses on the most effective techniques in tackling the issue.
Levels of employee engagement may have increased in 40% of organisations over the past year but a total of 40% of organisations describe engagement levels as 'reasonable' at best, indicating there is room for improvement. XpertHR's survey considers the factors that help engage employees and identifies current trends in this area.
With 40% of organisations describing employee engagement levels as "reasonable" at best, there is a need for employers to consider how best to assess it at their organisation and adopt initiatives that could result in a more engaged workforce.
While organisations benefit from boosting levels of engagement, it is rarely a case of "one size fits all" when it comes to the methods used. It is worth considering the contrasting initiatives and channels that will appeal to different age groups.
Latest XpertHR data on absence rates and costs is based on findings from 670 organisations across the UK, covering almost two million employees, making it currently one of the largest surveys of this type.
The second part of our investigation into workplace conflict outside the formal discipline and grievance arena looks at the techniques and tools employers use to manage it. It also contains some findings on the use of Acas's early conciliation scheme.
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