Save absence costs
Improving health and safety measures at the workplace reduces the likelihood
that people will need to take sick leave.
Save money on the direct costs of absence. These include:
- paying the salary of the absent employee
- overtime incurred by other employees covering for the absent employee
- loss of output incurred by the absent employee.
Save money on the indirect costs of absence. These include:
- the time taken for a replacement to learn the new role and become productive
- possible diminished services and product quality
- loss of business, continuity and reputation
temporary or replacement staff
- training and providing support to other staff.
The sooner you take positive action to reduce absence, the sooner your sick
employee can return to work successfully and get on with helping you build your
To find out more go to the Directgov website pages on managing sickness absence.
The Workplace Well Being Tool is an online resource designed to help you to assess the cost of ill health and sickness rates in your business. It can provide you with a benchmark with which to measure the improvement of the health and well-being of people in your organisation.
Workplace Well Being Tool
The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives help employers and employees come together to create a healthier and more motivated workforce. To learn more about the initiative Managing health risks associated with workplace activities, visit the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives website.