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WEBINAR: Health and absence - What does the future hold?

WEBINAR: Health and absence - What does the future hold?

Tuesday, 24 September 2013
10:00 - 10:45
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD


Bill Gunnyeon, Director for Health Work and Wellbeing and Chief Medical Adviser, Department for Work & Pensions
Stephen Bevan, Director, Centre for Workforce Effectiveness at The Work Foundation

The webinar:

Businesses are rightly concerned with high levels of sickness absence and its impact on productivity, customer service and competitiveness. In 2014, the government will be introducing a new Health and Work Assessment & Advice Service (HWAAS), aimed at helping people who have been on sick leave for four weeks get back to work. How will this play out in practice and can we expect to see a noticeable difference in how sickness absence is managed?

Our research shows that many employees regard attendance management as a way of policing and do not believe it contributes to improving health and wellbeing. An overbearing and draconian approach to attendance management can makes matters even worse, with burnout, presenteeism and work quality all suffering. Getting the balance right between firm management, compassion and support can be tricky when targets and cost reduction are high on the agenda.

This webinar gave attendees an opportunity to hear the latest from two experts pivotal to the Government's Review on Sickness Absence and to ask them questions related to your organisation.

Watch again here 

About our speakers:

Dr Bill Gunnyeon has played a key role in the development and delivery of the Government's Health, Work and Wellbeing strategy. He was responsible for leading the Government's response to Dame Carol Black's 2008 review; the subsequent programme of initiatives including the fit note and Fit for Work Service pilots, and was responsible for the preparation of the Government's response to the recent independent Sickness Absence Review.

Stephen Bevan is a member of the expert group supporting the government's review of sickness absence, a member of the "guru" group for the McLeod Review into employee engagement and was an expert advisor to the Hutton Review of Fair Pay in the public sector.

To hear more about this webinar please email Alice Holland ( and include your full name, job title, organisation and email address.


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