management training

Lack of Management Training Leaves Firms Exposed to “sickies”

Small businesses are failing to recognise or tackle high staff absence rates due to poorly trained line managers, the Employment Law Advisory Services (ELAS) has warned. Citing research from the Engineering Employers’ Federation, ELAS said that sickness absence in UK businesses has fallen from an average of 6.7 days per person per year in 2007, to five days in 2011. However, ELAS head of employment law, Peter Mooney, said while corporate institutions were tackling high staff absence levels, small firms were failing to deal with the problem. “More than a quarter of small firms leave absence management to line managers  not trained in absence handling, as an additional task alongside their main job. This enables staff to pull ‘sickies’ whenever and as frequently as they want.” &l... »