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SIMPLE STEPS FOR MANAGING SICKNESS & ABSENCE IN THE WORKPLACE:
In a recent poll of SME business owners by Citation plc, sickness and absence from work are the issues
that most worry them. 21% of those polled believed that sickness and other unauthorised absence had the
biggest impact on their business, bigger than disciplinary issues, grievances, redundancy and the economy.
Getting the best out of people when they are at work is one thing, but getting them to attend work regularly is
a different matter entirely. Non-planned, unauthorised absences are the most disruptive to any organisation, but
for SMEs in particular each employee is a larger percentage of the total workforce and so a bigger loss if they are
unexpectedly absent. In such circumstances it is more important to focus upon the individual employee than on
trends or overall statistics.
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