Current Thinking on Managing Attendance

a Short Guide for HR Professionals

Hayday S, Rick J, Patterson M, Turgoose C | Research Paper 4378RF | National Audit Office | Nov 2004

A certain level of employee absence is an unavoidable feature of working life, but this does not mean that all absences should be regarded as inevitable and accepted passively. It is possible to reduce the amount of absence caused by aspects of work and also to tackle it by proactively managing absence due to sickness.

This best practice guide by the Institute of Employment Studies and the Institute of Work Psychology summarised the thinking and related evidence on the efficacy of various approaches from academic and practitioner literature from the early 2000s.

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