Key Points
  • Preventing absence through effective absence monitoring, awareness of causes, health and wellbeing initiatives, and flexible working
  • Managing particular types of absenteeism including short and long-term, long-term illness, age associated issues and presenteeism
  • Ensuring effective policies and procedures including return to work interviews and disciplinary actions


Overview
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Guest of Honour: Bonnie Clarke, Interim Chief Executive, Remarkable

  • Chair: John McGurk Head of Policy and Insights: UK Nations and Regions, CIPD
  • Lorna Davis, Senior Associate, Harper Macleod LLP
  • Stephen Low, Policy Officer, Unison Scotland
  • Rona Wall, Head of Occupational Therapy, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Brian Sloan, Chief Executive, Age Scotland
  • Fiona McAslan, HR Policy & Proposition, Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Nikki Slowey, Programme Director, Family Friendly Working Scotland
  • Alison Douglas, Chief Executive, Alcohol Focus Scotland
  • Lynne Marr, Partner, Brodies LLP

      About the event:

      We know that workplace absences cost the UK economy billions of pounds each year in lost productivity, and that unscheduled worker absences are increasing. In addition to the direct costs of employee absence, indirect costs include paying overtime for other employees, hiring temps, missing deadlines, lost sales, sinking morale, lower productivity and a discontinuity of service to clients.

      One in six adults in Scotland experience a common mental health problem. Dealing with absence effectively and efficiently, and differentiating genuine absence from employees taking advantage of the business is a challenge that every employer faces. By implementing certain processes, cultures and policies it’s entirely possible to positively affect your employee absence levels.

      This conference provides delegates with the latest research, case studies and innovations to tackle absenteeism in the workplace. Join colleagues from across both the private and public sector to share learning on key topics including:


      • Understanding what is causing a national increase in absenteeism including employee demographics and attitudes, so you can find solutions
      • Writing, communicating and embedding effective absence management policies
      • Monitoring, reporting on and forecasting absence to help spot absence trends
      • Understanding the drivers behind presenteeism to reduce the number of those working whilst sick
      • Preventing and reducing absenteeism in our aging workforce
      • Legal updates on workplace absence law and recent case law
      • Managing long-term absence to encourage a return to work or exit from the organisation
      • Supporting people with long-term illnesses to maintain employment
      • Implementing effective employee health and wellbeing initiatives to promote good health and prevent illness
      • Disciplinary procedures and actions
      • Implementing effective flexible working practices to reduce absenteeism

        This conference is of value for senior management, HR teams, occupational health teams, organisational development teams, line managers and those with responsibility for employee wellbeing programmes. Don’t miss your opportunity to boost employee engagement, increase productivity and improve your organisation’s bottom line.

Agenda
Start

09:20 - 09:50
Registration Tea and Coffee

 

09:50 - 10:00
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr John McGurk Head of Policy and Insights: UK Nations and Regions, CIPD

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10:00 - 10:20
Understanding Workplace Absence – National Overview

 
  • Trends in workplace absence
  • What organisations can do to future proof your business against absence

Speakers

Bonnie Clarke Interim Chief Executive, Remarkable

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10:20 - 10:40
Creating and Implementing Effective Sick Leave Policies and Monitoring Absence Levels

 
  • What to include in a policy
  • Ensuring clear definitions to avoid ambiguity around terms and meanings
  • Communicating the policies effectively to staff and getting buy-in from the top
  • Maintaining appropriately detailed, accurate, and up-to-date absence records to help identify patterns that cause concern

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Heather Bell Senior HR Advisor, Robertson Group

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10:40 - 10:50
Questions and Discussion

 

10:50 - 11:10
Managing Long Term Sickness Absence - Legal Principles and Practical Insight

 
  • An update on employment law and case law affecting absenteeism policy and practices
  • Managing employees long-term sickness absence
  • Supporting people back into work or exiting employment

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Lorna Davis Senior Associate, Harper Macleod LLP

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11:10 - 11:20
Questions and Discussion

 

11:20 - 11:50
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

11:50 - 12:10
Preventing Presenteeism

 
  • Understanding the reasons why presenteeism is increasing
  • The dangers of presenteeism leading to long-term sickness
  • Challenging unhealthy working practices

Speakers

Stephen Low Policy Officer, Unison Scotland

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12:10 - 12:30
Alcohol and the Workplace: Effective Interventions

 

Speakers

Alison Douglas Chief Executive, Alcohol Focus Scotland

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12:30 - 12:50
Recommended Disciplinary Procedures for Absenteeism

 
  • Absenteeism from both the trade union and management perspective
  • Effective counselling interviews - how to prepare for and hold the difficult conversations
  • How representatives can help both the process and individuals
  • When formal reviews cannot be avoided

Speakers

Lynne Marr Partner, Brodies LLP

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12:50 - 13:00
Questions and Discussion

 

13:00 - 14:00
Networking Lunch

 

14:00 - 14:20
Supporting People with Long-Term Conditions

 
  • Preventing absenteeism through early access to support, adjustments to working patterns and the working environment
  • Encouraging staff to discuss their health requirements with managers
  • Workplace-based prevention and management of health conditions
  • Return to work support after long-term sickness

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Rona Wall Head of Occupational Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

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14:20 - 14:40
Considerations for the Ageing Workforce

 
  • Understanding what motivates workers at different ages
  • Age-friendly employment practices to improve absenteeism and presenteeism

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Brian Sloan Chief Executive, Age Scotland

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14:40 - 14:50
Questions and Discussion

 


14:50 - 15:10
Preventing Absenteeism through Health and Wellbeing Practices

 
  • Creating healthier work environments
  • Empowering employees with the tools and information they need to understand their health and make healthy choices
  • Engaging employees in their health using digital solutions that help monitor, track and compare their lifestyle activities
  • Motivating behaviour changes through behavioural insights

Speakers

Fiona McAslan Wellbeing Lead, HR Policy & Proposition, Royal Bank of Scotland

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15:10 - 15:30
Flexible Working Practices to Help Reduce Absenteeism

 
  • The link between flexible working and reducing absenteeism
  • Understanding the benefits and business case of flexible working
  • Making flexible working a reality across your organisation

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Nikki Slowey Co-Director, Family Friendly Working Scotland

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15:30 - 15:40
Questions and Discussion

 

15:40 - 15:40
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

 

End

Speakers

Heather Bell Senior HR Advisor, Robertson Group

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Bonnie Clarke Interim Chief Executive, Remarkable

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Lorna Davis Senior Associate, Harper Macleod LLP

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Alison Douglas Chief Executive, Alcohol Focus Scotland

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Stephen Low Policy Officer, Unison Scotland

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Lynne Marr Partner, Brodies LLP

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Fiona McAslan Wellbeing Lead, HR Policy & Proposition, Royal Bank of Scotland

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Dr John McGurk Head of Policy and Insights: UK Nations and Regions, CIPD

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Brian Sloan Chief Executive, Age Scotland

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Nikki Slowey Co-Director, Family Friendly Working Scotland

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Rona Wall Head of Occupational Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

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Venue details

Apex Grassmarket Hotel 31-35 Grassmarket, Edinburgh , EH1 2HS

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