Reluctant returners and absence management in the context of Covid-19
Are you finding that some of your staff are reluctant to return to the workplace, even though your business is beginning to get back on its feet? In this webinar, we will explore the challenges that ‘reluctant returners’ can present and consider your options for actively managing new types of Covid-19 related absence under your current policies and procedures.
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- About the event
We look at the 'new' types of absence you might see arising in your organisation as a result of Covid-19 and explore whether your current absence management policies and procedures are fit for purpose.
The reluctant returners and new types of absence that we will consider include:-
- employees who are self-isolating in accordance with Government guidance, whether because they or someone in their household have symptoms of Covid-19, or because they have been advised to do so under the NHS Test and Trace programme – this is typically short-term absence;
- employees who are shielding or vulnerable and who are advised to stay at home as much as possible – this absence is likely to be long-term;
- the ‘worried well’ – those employees who are physically able to return to work but who have particular concerns about doing so, whether it’s about workplace safety, or concerns over ‘taking the virus home’ to a vulnerable family member; and
- "employees who would come to work if they could, but are prevented from doing so due to barriers such as lack of (or disruption to) childcare, or because they are in quarantine on return from overseas travel.
Absence management in the context of COVID-19
As well as looking at these new categories of absence, we will consider the potential technical adjustments you may need to make to your normal absence management processes. For example:
- Are the trigger levels in your normal absence management policies appropriate?
- Will you disregard absence due to self-isolation in accordance with Government guidance when it comes to your absence thresholds and taking formal action?
- At what point, can you draw the line at practical barriers preventing employees from returning to work such as childcare difficulties or carer’s routines?
On the live webinar, you will have a chance to ask your own questions to our expert HR & Legal presenter during a Q&A session at the end.
- Who should attend?
This workshop is suitable for HR professionals and senior managers responsible for managing absence.