Key Points
  • Preventing absence through effective absence monitoring, awareness of causes, health and wellbeing initiatives
  • Managing particular types of absenteeism including short and long-term, leavism and presenteeism
  • Ensuring effective policies and procedures including return to work interviews and reasonable adjustments


Overview
Confirmed Speakers

  • Nick Pahl, CEO, The Society of Occupational Medicine
  • Chloe Lloyd, Senior Public Policy Analyst, Office for National Statistics
  • Michael Whitmore, Research Leader, RAND Europe
  • Gemma Woodhouse, Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP
  • Devdeep Ahuja, Clinical Director, RTW Plus and Director, CMSUK
  • Kevin Daniels, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, University of East Anglia and Lead, Work, Learning and Wellbeing Evidence Programme, What Works Wellbeing Centre
  • Gail Kinman, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology, University of Bedfordshire

Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace study has found that employers lose an average of 35.6 working days per worker annually due to health-related absence and presenteeism, equating to £61bn in lost productivity. However, much of this productivity loss could be avoided by implementing certain processes, cultures and policies.

Join peers from across both the private and public sector at our Reducing Employee Absenteeism Briefing to benefit from the latest research, case studies and innovations to tackle absenteeism in the workplace. Delegates will hear how to positively affect employee absence rates, improve retention, workplace morale and increase productivity.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration Tea and Coffee

 

09:00 - 09:10
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Nick Pahl CEO, The Society of Occupational Medicine

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09:10 - 09:35
The National Overview of Sickness Absence

 
  • Overview of sickness absence – trends in rates overtime
  • Number of days lost due to sickness absence
  • Reasons for sickness absence
  • Personal and employment characteristics of employees with the highest sickness rates

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Chloe Lloyd Senior Public Policy Analyst, Office for National Statistics

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09:35 - 10:10
Britain’s Healthiest Workplace Study

 
  • Understanding the scale of the problem and the main reasons behind employees’ absence or presenteeism
  • Identifying preventable absence and offering targeted support 
  • Case studies of best practice

    Questions & discussion:  10:00 - 10:10

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Michael Whitmore Research Leader, RAND Europe

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10:10 - 10:50
Absenteeism and Employment Law

 
  • Understanding the law and your responsibilities
  • Absence – where the law stands on being fit for work
  • Practical and legal guidance on managing employee short and long-term sickness absence including return to work, dismissal and its alternatives
  • Making reasonable adjustments – what this might mean in practice

    Questions and discussion 10:40 - 10:50

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Gemma Woodhouse Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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

 

11:20 - 11:45
Tackling Presenteeism and Leavism

 
 
  • Why people work when they are sick
  • Understanding leavism
  • Measuring the impact of presenteeism and leavism
  • Interventions to tackle presenteeism and leavism



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Gail Kinman Professor of Occupational Health Psychology, University of Bedfordshire

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11:45 - 12:20
An Evidence Based Approach to Improving Employee Wellbeing

 
  • Developing a shared understanding of what wellbeing means in organisations
  • Diagnosing main wellbeing challenges and establishing a data benchmark to measure progress from
  • Developing wellbeing-related resources 
  • Case studies of best practice

    Questions & discussion: 12:10 - 12:20

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Kevin Daniels Lead, Work, Learning and Wellbeing Evidence Programme, What Works Wellbeing Centre

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12:20 - 12:45
Return to Work Conversations and Making Reasonable Adjustments

 
  • Exploring how early intervention and active case management are at the heart of comprehensive return-to-work support
  • Reviewing the role of line managers, HR teams and external sources of impartial advice
  • The ‘Talking Work’ checklist
  • Ensuring employer and employee engagement in absence management to drive more effective outcomes
  • Making reasonable adjustments

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Devdeep Ahuja Clinical Director, RTW Plus and Director CMSUK

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12:50 - 12:50
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

 

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Nick Pahl CEO, The Society of Occupational Medicine

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End

Speakers

Devdeep Ahuja Clinical Director, RTW Plus and Director CMSUK

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Kevin Daniels Lead, Work, Learning and Wellbeing Evidence Programme, What Works Wellbeing Centre

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Gail Kinman Professor of Occupational Health Psychology, University of Bedfordshire

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Chloe Lloyd Senior Public Policy Analyst, Office for National Statistics

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Nick Pahl CEO, The Society of Occupational Medicine

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Michael Whitmore Research Leader, RAND Europe

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Gemma Woodhouse Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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Venue details

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Victoria 2 Bridge Place, London, SW1V 1QA, United Kingdom

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Victoria

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