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Performance Management  with a focus on the  management of absence If employees take ‘sickies’  what can organisations do?
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Organisations’ today need to ensure that there is a clear  link between the organisational goals and what  employees do at work.  During the 1990’s there was a growing interest in  performance management  of employees as a means  of linking HRM more closely to the strategy of the  business Performance management involves appraising  employees on a regular basis, agreeing clear and  achievable goals in line with the needs of the business  and supporting the development of employees through  training, coaching etc. Performance Management
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Performance management – what is it? ‘..directing and supporting employees to work as effectively and efficiently as possible in line with the  needs of the business’ (Walters, 1995) BUT what if they don’t show up for work?
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Estimates that sickness absence and employees not  showing up for work costs the UK economy over £100 billion  per year (Dame Carol Black, Dept of Health, 2008) Estimated cost of sickness per employee is £692 per year Employers estimate they lose 7.4 working days per employee  per year (CIPD Absence Measurement and Management  Fact Sheet, 2009) IDS survey (2009) suggests it impacts on the ’bottom-line’  and lowers general morale thus affecting productivity. Do we need to manage absence?
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Just  under half of employers  in the latest CIPD  survey monitor the cost of absence  Public sector  organisations have the highest  level of absence of  10 days  per employee  Almost  two thirds of absence  is accounted for by  spells of fewer than five days Stress  is the most common reason why  employees have time off work More facts and figures (CIPD, 2009)
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Defining absence Short term absence Long term absence Absenteeism consists of  days not at work, being  late and taking  excessively long breaks The frequent absence  from work or other duty  without good reason  Short periods of  sickness which causes  the employee to take  time off from work  Being off sick from  work for a substantial  period of time This would require  medical certification Usually the employee  would be referred for a  regular medical check  to review their  condition
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Time lost in a period Total absence (hours or days) in the period 
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