Organisations should ensure that they have appropriate systems to manage staff absence. Unexpected absences affect productivity and, if they become a regular occurrence, are likely to lower morale and motivation.
A sickness policy and procedure should set out clearly how you will deal with, and monitor sickness. It should also detail the rights and obligations of your employees. This will help your employees to realise that you treat these issues seriously and that they have certain responsibilities to fulfil. Having a sickness policy and procedure should also help you to prevent small problems developing into larger ones and may assist you to identify and tackle underlying problems.