In 2006 the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), working with HSE and Acas, launched a free online toolkit to help managers with absence management.
It is aimed principally at line managers working in small and medium sized enterprises, but is also of interest to those working in larger organisations
Research shows that where line managers have training in absence management, there is a decrease in sickness absence rates. However, many small and medium sized enterprises provide very little or no training to line managers and therefore fail to get the benefits of effective absence management.
This toolkit provides a wealth of information on absence management practices and procedures that line managers can pick and choose information from. It is split into four parts to help managers:
The toolkit was first published in 2006 and therefore makes no reference to the Fit Note. We would ask users of this toolkit to keep in mind the existence of the Fit Note in applying any potential recommendations.
You can access the toolkit on the CIPD website.
You can access each part separately or work through all the parts as a whole.