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.
This XpertHR report finds that line manager training is the most important type of stress management training, although only a minority of employers provide such training or undertake risk assessments.
Most employers provide standalone absence management training for managers, using traditional, face-to-face delivery methods, according to this report on our 2011 survey.
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.
This 2010 IRS survey on people management development reveals significant gaps in training coverage, and a broad consensus among HR professionals that line manager training should be compulsory.
In the second of our two-part study, we report on how UK employers deliver people management training, what skills are covered, and how organisations are increasing the training's effectiveness.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to line manager training.