Some sickness absence is inevitable and a fact of life. However it is often preventable, or at least can be shortened.
Staff absences can be reduced and managed by introducing wellbeing at work solutions such as Employee Assistance Programmes. These will help to improve morale, make employees feel valued, offer pre-emptive health support, and ensure proactive interventions for absentees.
The legal and moral responsibility for wellbeing at work is a heavy burden. The pressing daily business of school life means that it is not easy to keep on top of additional responsibilities. Justifiably, the focus in most schools is on the health and welfare of the children attending school. The school’s duty of care for employees can be assuaged in part through the implementation of just such an occupational health strategy.
Commercially available Employee Assistance Programmes are prohibitively expensive for many schools. We are specialists in the education sector and represent a large and growing community of schools, enabling us to provide a service to the whole community that each school might not otherwise be able to access. The quality and availability of occupational health provisions through Local Education Authorities varies across the country, and a growing number of academies can no longer access it.
We have engaged specialist occupational health providers APL Health to work with all of our schools, ensuring they have the neccessary resources and support to help prevent and manage staff absences. Their proactive support services include counselling, physiotherapy, health management workshops, occupational health reports and pre-placement screening, all designed to keep staff fit and healthy or help them to recover from an illness and coach them back into work.
For more details, please visit the APL Health website