Managing Short Term Sickness Absence
Short-term absences are defined as an absence from work due to illness or injury, which lasts for less than 4 weeks (less than 20 working days) within a rolling 12-month period. A rolling 12-month period is exactly 12 months from the most recent absence therefore any periods of absence in the preceding 12 months since the last day of absence.
It is important to keep in regular contact with an employee during any period of absence. This should be from the first day of absence and should discuss their progress and ensure that employees are appropriately supported to enable them to return to work as soon as possible.
After each instance of sickness absence mangers must meet with the employee to review the absence and determine if any next steps/support is required. Taking the time to conduct meetings demonstrates that staff are valued and their contribution is missed when they are away it also underlines the importance placed on regular attendance.