Firms get the benefit of tackling worker sickies

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THE number of sick days taken by UK workers has fallen and firms are benefiting from procedures to tackle absence, according to an employment expert at law firm Irwin Mitchell.

Employees took five days off as sick leave in 2010, according to figures, with 45 per cent not taking any days off sick at all.

Irwin Mitchell’s study found that falling absence rates tended to be seen at firms which have policies in place to train managers about sickness absence.

Glenn Hayes, partner and employment specialist, said: “Training managers and putting procedures in place to deal with sickness absence is now essential and it has been proven that basic steps such as face-to-face return to work meetings after any period of absence can have a marked impact on reducing further instances.”

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