HR Matters: The rising cost of sickness related absence in the workplace - How to support your employees and manage the long term effects


In conjunction with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, we are delighted to invite you to our first HR Matters webinar of 2023!

To kick us off this year, our Manchester Employment team will be discussing The rising cost of sickness related absence in the workplace: How to support your employees and manage the long term effects’Whilst the immediate impact of COVID on absence levels was clear, absenteeism at work has still seen a staggering increase, with official data finding 30.8 million working days were lost to absence in 2021-22.  The data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there were more than 1.8 million work-related ill health cases, with the primary causes of ill health being work-related stress, depression or anxiety, followed by musculoskeletal disorders and exposure to coronavirus at workThe long-term impact of the COVID pandemic on the health service, the demographic of the working population and the strain on physical and mental well-being of staff is still being felt across all industries. The Freeths Employment team will be discussing the current rise in absence and how as an employer, it is more important than ever to recognise the causes and effects, whilst having the correct strategies in place to prevent these and support your employees.

  • Spotlight on the causes of rising absence levels
  • The threat to health from the cost-of-living crisis
  • The challenges of managing long-term absence
  • Supporting an ageing workforce
  • New Year’s Resolutions: embedding physical health and wellbeing strategies

Date: Tuesday 31 January 2023Time: 9:30am – 10:30amVia Zoom

Register your place here

Please do share your thoughts and questions in the comment box upon registration. There will also be time for a Q&A where you can submit questions live on the day.

If you have any queries on the webinar, please get in touch with Mollie Dyson.


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