Managing Absence in the Workplace

Host: D2N2 Growth Hub

Location: Online Action Planning Workshop

Cost: FREE


Thursday, 30th September 2021 at 10:00am - 1:00pm

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The cost of sickness absence is estimated to cost UK employers £568 per employee (XpertHR, 2020). As we move out of the pandemic employers seek to find creative ways to support their workforce wellbeing, balancing this against the cost of absence to the business and its impact.

According to recent research "minor illnesses" account for over a quarter of all occurrences of sickness absence in 2020 (ONS, 2021). And it a widely held belief that short-term absences have the greatest impact on businesses, due to their unplanned nature and impact on fellow workers.

This 3-hour action planning workshop explores the legal pitfalls for employers to navigate absence, then rapidly moves on to share what employers must have in place to effectively manage this.

We explore the best practice tools available to managers, with a pack of supporting document templates to support implementation back in the business.

This is a highly interactive workshop so expect lots of discussion and sharing of best practice ideas, as we bring a whole new light to absence management in the 21st Century.

Who should attend this workshop?

This interactive workshop is for SME business owners, line managers, HR professionals or anyone that wishes to implement attendance management.

Please note that this workshop is open to trading SMEs based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Businesses located outside of this area will be unable to attend and instead directed to alternative support.

What will we cover? 

  • Attendance management – what is it and why do it? 

  • The legal landscape 

  • Managing employees with short-term intermittent absences 

  • Identifying patterns and underlying causes 

  • Best practice absence management, return to work interviews what can I ask? 

  • Absence and the role of occupational health and medical reports 

  • Mental health and absenteeism, how to support and manage this

What outcomes can you expect from joining us?

After attending this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the legal background to managing absence

  • Choose attendance management tools to utilise back in the business

  • Produce a plan of action to support managing attendance within your workplace

This is an interactive, Action Planning Online Workshop. You will leave this session with handouts and a practical action plan which can be implemented within your business. Where possible, we would like to encourage you to join this session with your video camera turned on and when instructed by the facilitator, you may un-mute your microphone to take full advantage of the interactive nature of the workshop. For the best user experience, we recommend joining the workshop using Chrome or Firefox as your web browser.


  • 10.00am - 10.50am - Workshop presentation

  • 10.50am - 11.00am - Break

  • 11.00am - 11.50am - Workshop presentation

  • 11.50am - 12.00pm - Break

  • 12.00pm - 12.45pm - Workshop presentation

  • 12.45pm - 1.00pm - Q&A

Who’ll be presenting this workshop?

Sarah Loates is a chartered HR professional with over 20 years HR experience. During this time, she has provided HR advice and support to a wide range of industry types and sectors, ranging from private and family-owned businesses whilst at Cooper Parry, to the leadership level of multinational corporations such as E.ON. Sarah’s areas of expertise include employee relations, employment law and talent management.

Sarah is the founder of Loates HR Consultancy and Loates HR Training. Established in 2011, the Loates HR team is based at the scenic and historic world heritage site of Darley Abbey Mills, Derby. And over its ten years in business established a reputation for pragmatic and professional HR for East Midlands SMEs.


This workshop is hosted by the D2N2 Growth Hub, East Midlands Chamber and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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