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  • Evaluate what works well and what doesn’t.
  • Listen and act on your findings.

Evaluate what works well and what doesn’t

Be sure to plan how you are going to evaluate your policy, prevention activities and interventions before you start. This helps you to set measurable objectives and determine what success looks like. 

Often evaluation is an afterthought, but planning early provides focus and ensures activities meet the needs of your staff. 

Evaluation allows you to demonstrate the impact of the programme from the offset and ensures interventions are aligned with strategic objectives. 

Effective evaluation can help you identify the impact of reducing sickness absence and potentially help you to secure future funding by showing a projected reduction in absence. You can find out more about evaluation from our web pages. 

Listen and act on your findings

If sickness absence is reducing or sustaining at a low level, review what works and replicate it. 

If your actions are not working, find out why and make changes where feedback indicates these are needed. 

Things to consider when reviewing: 

  • Do managers have the confidence to speak to staff about sickness issues?
  • Is there a misconception about the purpose of referring staff to OH which is preventing managers referring staff?
  • Are your interventions having a positive impact on staff and is this preventing absence?

Make sure that you communicate your findings to your staff and the board.

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