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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Absenteeism?

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Upon reading through our Twitter account this morning, I spotted this comment from Alyson Fennemore

How Much Does Absenteeism Cost Organisations? What About The NHS?

Reading the summary  report from XpertHR reveals that the cost of absenteeism within the public sector is “significantly higher” than in the private sector.

That is perhaps no surprise.

Further reading around the issue suggests that represents about 6 days sick leave every year in the private sector, per employee.

An earlier article, from the same source, puts public sector absenteeism, in 2009, at a whopping 9.7 days per year.

That might be a surprise.  Many people will read that and think “I haven’t been sick in years.”  Others are less fortunate though and find their working life and aspirations beset with absence.

I have recently been presenting to several NHS teams for Harrison Training, both to OT and mixed discipline teams, and they are invariably affected with absenteeism.

I’ll write later about how absenteeism ties in with the current economic climate.

I would love to hear, in the comments below, how absenteeism impacts upon your teams and your own ability to carry out your work effectively.

And what is your answer to the problem?

Thanks to Alyson for providing the original link in her tweet.

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July 8, 2010 at 9:35 am

Harrison Training at Health and Wellbeing @ Work Conference

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Harrison Training were proud to have a stand at the recent Health and Wellbeing @ Work conference this week.

Susanna Robinson attended together with Jain Holmes, an associate of Harrison Training and owner of The Workplace Health Partnership.

It was a valuable opportunity to get out and about amongst occupational therapists and practitioners in adjacent professions.

Susanna explained that “It was great to catch up with people who we have been talking to for a while.  It was also interesting to learn what is driving development and policy in certain services.”

In that regard, face to face meeting and networking works in very much the same way as online networking and blogging.

By establishing a presence online we are able to pull together viewpoints from other practitioners in other service professions and countries.  We believe that doing so will enable us to share those insights with the occupational therapy profession and associated practitioners.

Susanna also expressed her surprise at how many occupational therapists find themselves employed in non-OT roles.

“I met people who were in roles such as ‘Condition managers” or ‘Case managers ‘”

All of this reiterates one of the unique challenges that OTs face, that thorny old question of just who are we and what is it that we do… but that is probably an issue for a different blog post.

Did you go the conference and if so, how was it helpful to you?

It is likely that we will be exhibiting at other conferences during the year.

How can we best serve your needs when we are there?

What do you need from exhibitors and how can we help you get the most value from the time that you spend there?

Neil Denny

With thanks to shiftstigma for the use of their photo

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March 11, 2010 at 12:44 pm