As we enter a period of growth, keeping people in work and getting people back to work is as important as ever.
One of the biggest challenges faced by employers is managing long term sickness. Managing sickness absence needs to complement flexibility within workforces by retaining strong employee engagement and investing in employees well-being. Government and other stakeholders still have more to do to co-ordinate and improve services to support employees and employers.
This is our eleventh national survey which looks at EEF member experiences of sickness absence and is the first to be undertaken with Jelf, a leading UK provider of expert advice on matters relating to insurance, healthcare, employee benefits and financial planning.
This survey is an important opportunity to assess the potential impact of the forthcoming Health and Work Service (HWS), whether the fit note, after its fourth year of operation is delivering earlier returns to work and whether or not companies manage sickness absence as a business risk and measure the economic cost of sickness absence as a result of introducing well-being benefits and services.