Managing absence can be time consuming but the impact of staff absence is costly and can damage educational provision. Here are our ten top tips for managing staff absence:
- Ensure you have an absence policy in place which is up-to-date and in line with current legislation and best practice
- Your policy should include trigger points and clearly set out how absence will be monitored and managed
- The Headteacher or a senior member of staff should receive calls from employees when they first report in sick – this instantly reduces absence levels
- Remind teaching staff they are required to leave short-term cover work for supply/support staff use
- Refer staff to Occupational Health where appropriate for advice, guidance and support
- Prepare for trigger meetings and ensure your data is accurate and up to date
- Be consistent when scheduling trigger meetings, don’t remove employees from the process as this could be deemed as discriminatory practice
- Make reasonable adjustments where possible and provide feedback to employees if adjustments cannot be made
- Support staff to return to work through phased returns, stress action plans or rehabilitation programmes where appropriate
- Before dismissing an employee for either short or long term absence, ensure alternatives are considered such as a reduction in hours, role adjustments or alternative roles.
If you need more help on managing staff absence, just give us a call and arrange a free SAM demo before the summer. SAM is online absence management software that helps you to proactively monitor absence by filtering and analysing data. You can find out more about SAM in our Information pack or on our website.