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H3. Health & Wellbeing Report
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 10 June, 2015
Please describe how you report on the health and wellbeing of your employees, including annual sickness rates
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We presented the annual performance report (NPA/AG/15/007) to our Audit & Governance Committee in May 2015. The report included a section (S12) on employee absence, providing data and trends for the workforce of the Authority.
http://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/558727/20150515-A-and-G-Reports.pdf (see pages 37-44)
We also publish our sickness absence rate on a quarterly basis in our staff newsletter (In Touch).
We have a clear and robust Attendance Management Procedure and a positive approach to supporting staff who are absent from work as well as actively managing an effective return to work. We provide an Employee Assistance Programme via Health Assured.
The increasing level of absence is a concern and we are committed to investigating this further. The first step, to better understand our absence data, has already started. As part of a review of staff absence, which we plan to do with staff groups and their representatives (UNISON), we will be considering a number of options including a review of our procedure, training for staff and managers, exploring best practice and learning lessons from other organisations.
Due to budget reductions in 2014/15 we stopped running quarterly wellbeing workshops for staff, although it is difficult to say whether this has had a direct impact on our performance.
What is clear is that we must ensure that our focus on valuing and supporting staff is maintained in the future.
A target of 7 days per employee (4 days excluding long-term absences) is set for 2015/16 as this is seen as realistic given our current performance.
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