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Sickness Absence Management

Decision Maker: Personnel Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Report PER/1816 provided details of sickness absence levels in the Council for the 12-month period ending 31 July 2018 and outlined the actions being taken to improve the levels.


Members noted the presentation of this report to the Local Joint Committee and its discussion as set out below:


“The Head of HR and Customer Services reported that the short term sickness absence figure for the end of July had for the first time exceeded the Council’s target of 3.5 days per employee per year.  She advised that the figure had however reduced to 3.5 by the end of August.  She added that consideration had been given to reminding staff of the Sickness Absence Policy and the triggers involved.  In addition, she said that the vouchers given to staff achieving no sickness absence in a full year would be looked at again in terms of both the provider of the vouchers and their amount.


The Head of HR and Customer Services advised that the Council was continuing to do well with its wellbeing initiatives which were proving very popular with staff (report section 5.2 refers).  She said that consideration was being given to holding another Smoking Cessation Day and also to holding health and wellbeing events on a quarterly basis with the focus on one health theme only per event, the topics to be rotated.  She added that the roof garden was being promoted further with plans next to install a canopy over the seating area on the patio.


The Chair (of the LJC) expressed disappointment that the original Council’s Cycle to Work Scheme had not been renewed and asked that it be revisited.”


AGREED that the analysis of sickness absence levels and the absence management actions taken, be noted.



Report author: J Fear

Publication date: 02/10/2018

Date of decision: 18/09/2018

Decided at meeting: 18/09/2018 - Personnel Committee

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