Editor's message: Effectively managing sickness absence has long been a perennial issue for HR but coronavirus (COVID-19) brings with it another layer of challenges.
With guidance changing throughout the UK, and the need to self-isolate following a positive test result for COVID-19 no longer a legal requirement in England, HR need to manage this transition phase carefully to minimise exposure to positive cases and sickness absence. Where it is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate, minimising the number of people who enter the workplace with coronavirus will be important to keep employees who attend the workplace safe.
Hybrid working will also bring some challenges when it comes to monitoring and managing sickness absence - from ensuring those who are unwell do take time off when working remotely to facilitating meaningful return-to-work conversations, where necessary.
Noelle Murphy, senior HR practice editor
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