Supporting staff off sick

Sickness absence has a significant effect on the ability of Government to provide services and on the workload of the team.

Individuals and managers/supervisors have a duty to ensure that sickness absence is kept to a minimum. It is essential that as part of the sickness absence management process individuals are supported by managers/supervisors.

Know sickness absence procedures and policies

Ensure you know where to find and understand the organisation’s policies and procedures for supporting and managing short and long-term absence. This will usually involve discussions with the Office of Human Resources and Occupational Health. 

Training is available for you to help apply the correct procedures and have discussions with your staff about their health.