Discover how compassionate management of long-term absences facilitates a productive and supportive workplace and creates a sustainable return-to-work journey for every individual affected by long-term absence.
Free for CIPD members and Core Learning Subscribers.
Long-term absence from work is usually defined by four or more weeks of continuous absence. The reasons can be physical and/or mental, including stress and long COVID, and people professionals are now seeing longer absences affecting more individuals. Many existing absence policies are not flexible enough to effectively support employees’ return to work and on-going wellbeing.
It’s important to reflect on the impact of long-term absence on the wider organisation and colleagues: 16,400 workers in the UK withdraw permanently from the labour market every year as a result of workplace injury or work-related ill health, a significant loss of talent and training investment. That’s why everyone has a role to play in the return-to-work journey: returning individuals, their colleagues, managers and organisational policies.
This course supports people professionals seeking to understand the complexities of long-term absence and how to implement a person-centred approach that ensures a sustainable return to work. With a practical focus, the course discusses how adjustments can help to manage long-term absence with humanity and empathy.
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The purpose of this course is to:
- define long-term absence
- outline the roles of different stakeholders in facilitating employees’ return to work
- list practical steps organisations can take to create a sustainable return to work after long-term absence.
Is this course right for me?
This course offers people professionals, including line managers, key insights into absence management practices that provide the returning employee with the best chance of getting back to work safely, confidently and in a timely way. It is also suitable for those outside the people profession exploring the essentials of managing long-term absence compassionately.
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I want to put my team on this course
This course can be delivered to teams so that everyone understands the roles in managing long-term absence, from providing emotional support, to implementing rehabilitation approaches, to helping create a flexible absence management policy. Participants will be able to embed learning immediately.
If you are looking to place more than four learners onto this course, please contact us to discuss a team solution >
By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:
use a practical, proactive, and person-centred approach to managing long-term absence to ensure a sustainable return to work.
Featuring a mix of written, video and interactive content, this course will take 60-90 minutes to complete, including reflective questions throughout and a knowledge check at the end. Learners engage at their own pace via the CIPD Learning Hub, a self-serve online platform.
Topic 1: Defining long-term absence
Topic 2: How everyone has a role to play
Topic 3: Practical steps to manage long-term absence
The short informal knowledge check enables learners to test themselves against some of the key messages. This can be undertaken multiple times. The summary relists all action points from the topic pages where learners can download their personal reflections.
You will be able to access the course for 12 months from purchase and the CIPD Learning Hub will remain accessible to you for 24 months.