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Short Term Absence Support Package

It is important to monitor an employee’s short-term absences to enable issues to be identified, such as high levels or particular absence patterns. An accurate record of sickness absence levels is essential to the management of sickness absence.

What The People Shed provide:

  1. Up to 1-hour telephone advice with a dedicated HR Manager
  2. All required templates and letters for employee
  3. Managing Absence Guide for a business owner

Most companies are all too aware of the direct cost of sickness absence – statutory sick pay, occupational sick pay, paying overtime, and temporary cover. But there is also the knock-on (indirect) effects:

Lowers morale – Staff will often have to cover for absent colleagues, making their workloads shoot up and causing morale to fall.

Leads to mistakes – If staff is having to cover other people’s jobs, it can lead to mistakes which can jeopardise relationships with customers.

Lower productivity – If employees are regularly calling in sick, it can delay projects and mean there is no consistency within teams, leading to low productivity levels. Even those who rarely have sick days can suffer from low motivation if their colleagues are regularly absent.

Benefits of getting it right:

  • Save your business money and time by managing staff absence effectively within your business while adhering to and following legal guidelines and legislation.
  • Extending a probationary period gives you more time to understand whether the employee is right for your business and costs your business nothing.
  • Employees that have a process outlined to them from the start of their employees are more likely to perform better for your business.

Benefits of having key policies in place in your business:

  • Stay away from tribunals and save your business money and time.
  • Giving your staff clear guidelines as to how occasions of short-term absence are managed in your business increases feelings of fairness in your business.
  • Businesses that have clear and legally sound people management policies in their business are more likely to thrive and attract the right talent into their business.

Benefits of communicating the process and policy to staff:

  • Clear expectations from both sides
  • Having robust, legally up-to-date policies and practices your business can trust in means saving money and staying away from the dreaded tribunal.
  • Communicating policies to staff increase the feeling of fairness and transparency with employees which can foster increased motivation, performance, and engagement in your business.


    Having dealt with The People Shed on many occasions and with different staff I can say their expertise and knowledge is second to none. A pleasure to work with such a professional company who are reliable and most importantly down to earth.

    Anthony B, Business owner

    The People Shed offer honest, clear and concise advice. They’re business focused with excellent commercial awareness but they’re on your level, there’s no ambiguity, just simple and logical proposals. Having worked with the girls personally in another business, I know their positive attitudes and willingness to help is ingrained within them.

    Katie L, HR professional

    I used Rachael as an emergency as I was at breaking point. She was very professional, calming and fully explained everything we could do. I will definately be using Rachael going forward for any HR related issues.

    Carren B, Company Director

    Very supportive company, always just a phone call away and always happy to help. Have supported us massively with a variety of HR issues. From offering us templates and guidance to just being there to discuss something out of the ordinary.

    Chad, Franchise Business Development Manager

    Experienced team bringing real world, professional and commercial advice to businesses. Great knowledge of all things “people” from basic HR support to full strategic people development advice and training.

    Mike O, Company Owner

    At last a company who understands what we need without all the jargon. Well done and highly recommended.

    DARREN B, Franchisee

    The guys at The People Shed take time to understand you and your business and develop tools through their vast experience to ensure you get the very best fit and solution. Highly engaged and focussed whilst passionate and professional in every aspect of HR and People Support! I class them now as Business Partners and have already recommended them to a new business contact who will benefit the same as I have.

    Nathan S, Franchisor

    One of the most professional organisations I have had the pleasure to use, with their depth of knowledge and care to detail all our HR and recruitment issues are resolved in the shortest time frame. Highly recommended.

    Brian S, Franchisee

    www.thepeopleshed.co.uk — have given excellent service and have been very easy to deal with. As we are a tech startup, HR is not our strong point! The team at The People Shed have helped us navigate various aspects of setting up our business – very happy to recommend them.

    David G, business owner