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June/July 2009 (vol. 06/1)

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Tackling long-term absence

How East Sussex County Council cut the number of long-term absence cases from 300 to 60

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Renewing its absence policies and revamping its occupational health team has helped East Sussex County Council significantly reduce its absence levels. Paul Suff reports.

EAST Sussex County Council employs around 15,000 employees at over 500 locations. Average number of days lost to sickness absence per employee in 2007–08 was 7.95 days (3.6%), putting the council in the Audit Commission’s top quartile for local authorities. Drill down into the data, and absence rates among office staff average five days per year (2.19%), putting the…

Paul Suff is contributing editor of Occupational Health [at Work].

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Occupational Health at Work June/July 2009 (vol. 06/1) pp29-31

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