I have a problem with a junior manager. She is regularly off work — usually with a bad back. She has the worst absence record in the company. What should I do?

Q

I have a problem with a junior manager. She is regularly off work — usually with a bad back. She has the worst absence record in the company. What should I do?

A

Persistent short-term absences can be very disruptive, particularly in a small business. They hold up business and can cause considerable resentment among other employees who consequently must take on additional duties.

The following checklist summarises the key points an employer should address in dealing with persistent short-term absences.

  • Monitor absence and introduce strategies to control and minimise short-term absence

    You should have a short-term sickness absence policy. This policy should:

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