Key Points
  • Preventing absence through effective absence monitoring, awareness of causes, health and wellbeing initiatives and flexible working
  • Managing particular types of absenteeism including short and long-term, long-term illness, age associated issues and presenteeism
  • Ensuring effective policies and procedures including return to work interviews and disciplinary actions
Guest of Honour

Heather Carey Deputy Director, The Work Foundation

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Overview
Confirmed Speakers

  • Dr Steven Boorman CBE, Director Employee Health, Empactis
  • Richard Burton, Head of Innovation - Blue Lab, EDF Energy
  • Heather Carey, Deputy Director, The Work Foundation
  • Stewart Gee, Area Director, London, ACAS
  • Karen Grave, President, Public Sector People Managers Association
  • Dominic Holmes, Partner and Co-Head of the Employment Team, Taylor Vinters
  • Andrew Kean, Director, Civil Service Employee Policy
  • Derek Luckhurst, Development Director, IPA Training
  • Rachel McSweeney, Senior Social Researcher, Office for National Statistics
  • Patrick Thomson, Senior Programme Manager, Centre for Ageing Better

We know that workplace absences cost the UK economy billions of pounds each year in lost productivity and that unscheduled worker absences are increasing. In addition to the direct costs of employee absence, indirect costs include paying overtime for other employees, hiring temps, missing deadlines, lost sales, sinking morale, lower productivity and a discontinuity of service to clients.

Dealing with absence effectively and efficiently, and differentiating genuine absence from employees taking advantage of the business is a challenge that every employer faces. By implementing certain processes, cultures and policies it’s entirely possible to positively affect your employee absence levels.

This conference provides delegates with the latest research, case studies and innovations to tackle absenteeism in the workplace. Join colleagues from across both the private and public sector to share learning on key topics including:

  • Understanding what is causing a national increase in absenteeism including employee demographics and attitudes, so you can find solutions
  • Writing, communicating and embedding effective absence management policies
  • Monitoring, reporting on and forecasting absence to help spot absence trends
  • Understanding the drivers behind presenteeism to reduce the number of those working whilst sick
  • Preventing and reducing absenteeism in our ageing workforce
  • Legal updates on workplace absence law and recent case law
  • Managing long-term absence to encourage a return to work or exit from the organisation
  • Supporting people with long-term illnesses to maintain employment
  • Implementing effective employee health and wellbeing initiatives to promote good health and prevent illness
  • Undertaking competent Return to Work interviews
  • Disciplinary procedures and actions
  • Implementing effective flexible working practices to reduce absenteeism

    This conference is of value for senior management, HR teams, occupational health teams, organisational development teams, line managers and those with responsibility for employee wellbeing programmes. Don’t miss your opportunity to boost employee engagement, increase productivity and improve your organisation’s bottom line.

  • Agenda
    Start

    09:20 - 09:50
    Registration Tea and Coffee

     

    09:50 - 10:00
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Heather Carey Deputy Director, The Work Foundation

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    10:00 - 10:20
    Understanding Workplace Absence – National Overview

     
    • Number of days lost to sickness absence
    • Reasons for sickness absence
    • Groups with the highest sickness absence rates
    • What you can do with this information to inform your policies and processes

    Speakers

    Rachel McSweeney Senior Social Researcher, Office for National Statistics

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    10:20 - 10:40
    Creating and Implementing Effective Sick Leave Policies and Monitoring Absence Levels

     
    • What to include in a policy
    • Ensuring clear definitions to avoid ambiguity around terms and meanings
    • Communicating the policies effectively to staff and getting buy-in from the top
    • Considering sick leave incentives, benefits and recognition
    • Maintaining appropriately detailed, accurate, and up-to-date absence records to help identify patterns that cause concern

    Speakers

    Stewart Gee Area Director, London, ACAS

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    10:40 - 10:50
    Questions and Discussion

     

    10:50 - 11:20
    Managing Long Term Sickness Absence – Legal Principles and Practical Insight

     
    • An update on employment law and case law affecting absenteeism policy and practices
    • Managing employees long-term sickness absence
    • Supporting people back into work or exiting employment

    Speakers

    Dominic Holmes Partner and Co-Head of the Employment Team, Taylor Vinters

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    11:20 - 10:50
    Networking Tea and Coffee Break

     

    11:50 - 12:10
    Preventing Presenteeism

     
    • Understanding the reasons why presenteeism is increasing
    • The dangers of presenteeism leading to long-term sickness
    • Challenging unhealthy working practices

    Speakers

    Richard Burton Head of Innovation - Blue Lab, EDF Energy

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    12:10 - 12:30
    Conducting Fair and Effective Return to Work Interviews

     
    • The effectiveness of RTW Interviews at managing absenteeism
    • Goals of the interview
    • When to carry out a RTW Interview
    • Content of the interview

    12:30 - 12:50
    Recommended Disciplinary Procedures for Absenteeism

     
    • Absenteeism from both the trade union and management perspective
    • Effective counselling interviews - how to prepare for and hold the difficult conversations
    • How representatives can help both the process and individuals
    • When formal reviews cannot be avoided

    Speakers

    Derek Luckhurst Development Director, IPA Training

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    12:50 - 13:00
    Questions and Discussion

     

    13:00 - 14:00
    Networking Lunch

     

    14:00 - 14:20
    Supporting People with Long-Term Conditions

     
    • Preventing absenteeism through early access to support, adjustments to working patterns and the working environment
    • Encouraging staff to discuss their health requirements with managers
    • Workplace-based prevention and management of health conditions
    • Return to work support after long-term sickness

    Speakers

    Dr Steven Boorman CBE Director Employee Health, Empactis

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    14:20 - 14:40
    Considerations for the Ageing Workforce

     
    • Understanding what motivates workers at different ages
    • Age-friendly employment practices to improve absenteeism and presenteeism
    • Improved ways of managing flexible working

    Speakers

    Patrick Thomson Senior Programme Manager, Centre for Ageing Better

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    14:40 - 14:50
    Questions and Discussion

     

    14:50 - 15:10
    Preventing Absenteeism through Health and Wellbeing Practices

     
    • Creating healthier work environments
    • Empowering employees with the tools and information they need to understand their health and make healthy choices
    • Engaging employees in their health using digital solutions that help monitor, track and compare their lifestyle activities
    • Motivating behaviour changes through behavioural insights

    Speakers

    Karen Grave President, Public Sector People Managers Association

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    15:10 - 15:30
    Flexible Working Practices to Help Prevent Absence

     
    • Understanding the benefits of flexible working and putting the business case to employers
    • Access to flexibility and rights to request
    • Making flexible working a reality across your organisation

    Speakers

    Andrew Kean Director, Civil Service Employee Policy

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    15:30 - 15:40
    Questions and Discussion

     

    15:40 - 15:50
    Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

     

    Speakers

    Heather Carey Deputy Director, The Work Foundation

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    End

    Speakers

    Dr Steven Boorman CBE Director Employee Health, Empactis

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    Richard Burton Head of Innovation - Blue Lab, EDF Energy

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    Heather Carey Deputy Director, The Work Foundation

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    Stewart Gee Area Director, London, ACAS

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    Karen Grave President, Public Sector People Managers Association

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    Dominic Holmes Partner and Co-Head of the Employment Team, Taylor Vinters

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    Andrew Kean Director, Civil Service Employee Policy

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    Derek Luckhurst Development Director, IPA Training

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    Rachel McSweeney Senior Social Researcher, Office for National Statistics

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    Patrick Thomson Senior Programme Manager, Centre for Ageing Better

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