Put simply, employee absence costs your organisation in terms of lost productivity and increased costs. It therefore makes sense to do what you can to manage and above all to minimise employee absence through preventative measures.

Often, firms focus on taking steps to minimise absence by using negative, controlling techniques. Clearly these have their place. Problem is, they don’t solve the problem and mostly they create negative sentiment, leading to lost productivity anyway as employees resort to presenteeism instead.

So creating an environment in which sickness and other causes of absence can be minimised and handled more effectively is a key element of any wellbeing and performance agenda. Prevention is the key.

Establishing programmes that help keep your employees fit for work; mentally, physically and emotionally well, is the way forward.