With workforce absence costing employers an estimated £700 per employee annually, the latest XpertHR research reports on the training provided to line managers to help tackle the issue.
Coaching programmes can deliver a broad range of valuable benefits - including improved business performance - if they have support at leadership level and the buy-in of employees, according to XpertHR research.
Although eight employers in 10 use line managers as coaches, many have concerns about their competence in this area, according to XpertHR research.
Employers that are actively tackling sickness absence achieve an average reduction in lost working time of 30%, and the involvement of line managers is key to success, according to XpertHR research.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to line manager training.