Here’s SAM’s top do’s and don’ts for managing absence in a quick five minute update.
- Apply procedures fairly and consistently
- Communicate the school’s absence policy and procedure at induction and regularly throughout the course of employment
- Set a good example to staff
- Allow reasonable time off to attend medical appointments
- Show compassion
- Closely monitor absence to identify trends/patterns – SAM’s reporting suite provides comparisons by year, term, department and line manager.
- Tackle absence problems and act as soon as possible – SAM’s task list will help, it prompts you when actions are due
- Hold return to work interviews following every period of absence – There’s a new section in SAM that highlights who is returning to work and when
- Set absence monitoring rounds with timescales for improvement – Again SAM can help you manage monitoring rounds.
- Record details of all absences related discussions with employees and where appropriate confirm outcomes in writing to the individual
- Challenge current policies and procedures, working practices, working conditions as a means to improve absenteeism
- Jump to conclusions
- Make rash decisions
- Ignore sickness absence or persistent lateness
- Put off contacting an employee unless there is reason to do so
- Treat individual’s differently
- Try to trap the employee or make accusations
- Discriminate on the grounds of a protected characteristic (eg. race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity)
- Take formal action without seeking HR advice
If you would like to know more about how you can improve staff absence management in your school or Multi-Academy Trust then get in touch on 01924 907319 or take a look at our software animation.