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To discuss how you and your organisation can get more involved with The Work Foundation, please contact us.

Call 020 7976 3575 or email


Partner Workshop: Managing absence - management practice and organisational culture

Thursday, 11 February 2010
08:30 - 11:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, SW1H OAD


Absence is expensive. The average organisation spends 10% of their annual pay bill managing the consequences of absence, costing UK employers in total £13 billion each year. Above and beyond the direct and indirect costs, absence affects productivity. Between 3% and 5% of the workforce may be away from work through illness on any one day, with a further 25% performing sub-optimally while at work because of physical or mental strain. Despite increased attention over the past decade, absence levels have stubbornly refused to decline consistently.

With employers across the UK facing the need to do ‘more with less’, a reinvigorated approach to health and wellbeing at work is needed. An approach that does not focus simply on reducing absence, but one that promotes good work and creates the conditions for attendance in which employee contribution is high is required.

This interactive workshop will ask some of the following questions:

  • How can employers ensure their staff are healthy, motivated, engaged and productive in these challenging times?
  • What can be learned from an organisation’s absence data about how to improve attendance management?
  • What does innovative attendance management look like?
  • What range of policies, practices, measures and guidance can employers have in place to ensure an effective attendance management culture that is meaningful for employees and for the organisation?
  • What methods exist for promoting clear and positive links between health, work and wellbeing?

Why should you attend?

This interactive and practical workshop will provide you with the opportunity to hear about The Work Foundation’s leading-edge research and thinking on innovative approaches to understanding and tackling sickness absence; increase your understanding of what is important in managing absence and attendance; test your organisation’s approach and develop practical ideas on what you can do; and learn from the experiences of colleagues from other organisations who are facing similar challenges.

Who should attend?

  • HR directors and business partners
  • Occupational health professionals
  • Senior management responsible for productivity, performance or organisational effectiveness
  • Organisational development consultants
  • Those tasked with developing and implementing Health and Wellbeing strategies in public, private or third sector organisations


  • Stephen Bevan, Managing Director, The Work Foundation
  • Michelle Mahdon, Programme Lead – Health & Wellbeing, The Work Foundation
  • Richard Murray, Consultant - Health and Wellbeing, The Work Foundation

This event is exclusively for partners of The Work Foundation and there is no fee to attend.

To reserve your place on this event, please email and include your name, company, job title, email address and telephone number. If you have any questions about your partnership, please call 020 7976 3512.

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