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Managing Absence


*In line with official guidance for public health relating to social distancing, we are moving this online to a web based delivery until further notice

Absence is one of the most persistent problems affecting productivity, profitability and competitiveness. Days lost due to absence are a major drain on the economy and the competitiveness of individual organisations. All companies must have a comprehensive and continuing absence management policy in an effort to confront the issue. However, dealing with staff who have an attendance problem can be a problematic issue which tests the skills of the line manager and the HR practitioner.

Programme Outcomes:
The purpose of this programme is to give participants
  • An understanding of best practice in the field of absence management
  • An ability to analyse the scale and impact of absence in your workplace
  • The skills involved in managing the process will be highlighted and practised during the programme
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the applicable employment law in this area

This is a one-day programme. There are a number of activities and case studies as part of the course to ensure that the key knowledge and skills are practiced.
The programme is delivered by experienced Ibec executives who provide members with advice, consultancy and training on a daily basis. Participants are encouraged to express their views and experiences. Case studies and exercises will be used to ensure a real practical understanding of each topic.

Who Should Attend?
Managers and HR specialists who wish to improve their knowledge, competencies and skills in the area of absence management. Also suitable for line managers with responsibility for managing absence within their teams.


*In line with official guidance for public health relating to social distancing, we are moving this online to a web based delivery until further notice

Programme Schedule:

Introduction and Overview
  • Introduction
  • Objectives of the Programme
Managing Absence – Practical Considerations for Managers
  • Defining and measuring absence
  • Absence policies
  • Tools of absence management
Managing Absence within the Law
  • Dismissal on the Grounds of Incapacity
  • Fair Procedures
  • Equality Issues
  • Medical Reports
  • Short-term Absence
  • Long-term absence
  • Stress Related Absence
  • Case Studies – at various stages above

Upcoming dates:

Dublin, OnlineNovember 2, 2021

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  • Course Fact File

  • Locations:
    Dublin, Online
  • Course fee:
    Member rate: €385
    Non-member rate: €425
    * Cost quoted per person

    Payment method:
    - Pay by credit card online here
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