Council’s tough measures cut employees’ sick leave

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Council’s tough measures cut employees’ sick leaveOn 18 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. A tough approach to sickness absence at the Royal Borough of Kensington andChelsea is saving the council half a million pounds a year. Figures released last week show that the council has cut the average dayslost to sickness from nearly 10 per person per year to eight in 2001. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which has an annual wage billof £100m, will not pay staff for days that they take off if they do not informtheir line manager that they will not be in by 10am. If a member of the council’s 2,800 staff takes 10 days off in 12 months theywill be called to an absence review meeting and will then be monitored for thenext three months. If the absence rate does not improve, a warning will be issued andultimately the employee can be sacked, although in its first year of operationno staff member has been. The council has also implemented preventative measures including healthscreening, fast-track access to a back pain clinic and a free flu jab. George Bishop, personnel director at the Royal Borough of Kensington andChelsea, said, “The balance of the hard and soft- edge policies has beenimportant. Trade unions agree with the procedure and the line managers havestuck to it. “This has meant no member of staff has pushed it, been stupid andforced us to take action.” last_img read more