Key Points
  • Exploring How to Manage Sickness Absence in the Workplace: Identifying characteristics of people with the highest sickness absence rates and implementing effective policies to support these individuals
  • Assessing the impact of Presenteeism on your business: identifying key characteristics that contribute to productivity loss
  • Exploring the role of Occupational Health and Workplace Wellbeing: Overseeing how occupational health practitioners and providers can improve productivity
  • Understanding Absenteeism in the context of Employment Law: Exploring where the law stands on being fit for work, making reasonable adjustments and dismissal
  • Case studies: Managing Menopause at work as well as musculoskeletal disorders of employees


Overview

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Richard Daniel Curtis, CEO, Root of it & Programme Director, The National Leaders in Mental Health Programme
  • Karen Grave, President, Public Sector People Managers Association
  • Nick Pahl, CEO, Society of Occupational Medicine
  • Dr Rob Hampton, GP Lead, Leicester Link Return to Work Service & Public Health England Medical Champion Health & Work
  • Marc Long, Partner, Clarke Wilmott
  • Sharon Vibert, Menopause in The Workplace
  • Joe Loftus, Physiotherapist, Occupational Health, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


    Westminster Insight’s half-day briefing on Improving Productivity in the Workplace will focus on reducing employee absenteeism and tackling presenteeism in the workplace.

    Assess the impact of presenteeism on your business by reviewing the key drivers to productivity loss, including financial issues, lack of sleep, mental ill-health and physical ill health. We will review strategies to improve employee productivity through early intervention, digital solutions and behaviour insights.

    We will explore the role of occupational health, handling difficult cases in the context of employment law, and you'll hear practical case studies focusing on menopause and musculoskeletal disorders.

Agenda
Start

08:50 - 09:20
Registration and Networking

 

09:15 - 09:20
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Richard Daniel Curtis CEO, Root of it & Programme Director, The National Leaders in Mental Health Programme

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09:20 - 09:45
Exploring the National Overview of Sickness Absence

 
  • Reviewing the national outlook on sickness absence by exploring trends over time
  • Investigating reasons for sickness absence by looking into the root causes of sickness absence
  • Evaluating personal and employment characteristics of employees with the highest sickness rates

Speakers

Rachel McSweeney Senior Social Researcher, Office for National Statistics

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09:45 - 10:20
Keynote Address: Exploring How to Manage Sickness Absence in the Workplace by Establishing Early Intervention Strategies

 
  • Identifying characteristics of people with the highest sickness absence rates and implementing effective policies and support mechanisms for the most vulnerable people 
  • Engaging employees in their health using digital solutions that help monitor, track and compare their lifestyle activities and behaviour insights 
  • Exploring how early intervention and active case management are at the heart of comprehensive return-to-work support
  • Managing short-term sickness and knowing what to do when a pattern of short-term illness emerges 
  • Managing long term sickness and exploring the most appropriate response such as phased return, part-time hours or flexible working  

    Questions and Discussion
    10:10-10:20
10:10-10:20

Speakers

Karen Grave President, Public Sector People Managers Association

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10:20 - 10:50
How to Mitigate Business Risk while Tackling Presenteeism

 
  • Understanding the definition of presenteeism and its prevalence in the workplace  
  • Assessing the impact on presenteeism on your business by recapping the key drivers to productivity loss such as financial issues, lack of sleep, mental ill-health and physical ill health 
  • Establishing systemic interventions to ensure long term strategies, not short-term quick fixes 

Speakers

Michael Whitmore Research Leader, RAND Europe

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10:50 - 11:20
Understanding Absenteeism in the context of Employment Law

 
  • Exploring where the law stands on being fit for work, flexible working hours and dismissal
  • Making reasonable adjustments to employees who have conditions that prevent them from working 
  • Discussing the impact of Brexit on Employment Law to prepare for changes to policy


Speakers

Marc Long Partner, Clarke Wilmott

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11:20 - 11:50
Networking Break

 

11:50 - 12:10
Exploring the role of Occupational Health and Workplace Wellbeing

 
  • Exploring how occupational health practitioners and providers can improve productivity, reduce absenteeism and presenteeism by adding value to workplace wellbeing initiatives
  • Understanding the most appropriate use of ‘fit notes’, and knowing how much information is needed when an employee is on long term sickness leave

Speakers

Nick Pahl CEO, The Society of Occupational Medicine

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12:10 - 12:30
Understanding the Most Appropriate Use of ‘Fit Notes’

 
  • Exploring how useful the process of GP sickness certification is in different scenarios
  • Knowing how much information is needed when an employee is on long term sickness leave

Speakers

Dr Rob Hampton GP Lead, Leicester Link Return to Work Service & Public Health England Medical Champion Health & Work

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12:30 - 12:45
Joint Q&A

 

12:45 - 13:00
Helping Businesses Manage Menopause at Work, Reducing Absenteeism & Improving Performance

 
  • Ensure your organisation is ‘menopause friendly’ and assessing the impact on performance and attendance at work and on their relationships with colleagues
  • Talking about and managing the menopause at work is as normal as managing any other health condition

Speakers

Sharon Vibert Menopause in The Workplace

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13:00 - 13:15
Reducing Staff Sickness Absence and the Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders

 
  • Knowing the risks in the workplace and taking steps to reduce them
  • Investing upfront in rehabilitation to reduce cost and risks
  • Exploring the outcomes of an up front physiotherapy service

Speakers

Joe Loftus Physiotherapist, Occupational Health, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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13:15 - 13:30
Joint Q&A

 

13:30 - 13:35
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Richard Daniel Curtis CEO, Root of it & Programme Director, The National Leaders in Mental Health Programme

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Karen Grave President, Public Sector People Managers Association

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Dr Rob Hampton GP Lead, Leicester Link Return to Work Service & Public Health England Medical Champion Health & Work

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Joe Loftus Physiotherapist, Occupational Health, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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Marc Long Partner, Clarke Wilmott

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Rachel McSweeney Senior Social Researcher, Office for National Statistics

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Nick Pahl CEO, The Society of Occupational Medicine

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Sharon Vibert Menopause in The Workplace

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Michael Whitmore Research Leader, RAND Europe

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Venue details

Zone 1 Central London


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