Occupational health services

Latest figures from the CIPD on average sickness absence costs employers 659 per employee every year and employee absence costs employers eight working days for every member of staff per year; this represents 3.7% of working time.

The management of sickness/absence is primarily a management function. It is essential that all employers have an established sickness absence policy that is in line with current legislation and good practice, and is agreed by unions and/or employee representatives.