Key Points
  • Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on your employees: Returning to the workplace and Working from Home
  • 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


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
  • 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 digital workshop on Supporting Employees at Work will focus on reducing employee absenteeism and tackling presenteeism in the workplace while considering how businesses can recover from COVID-19.

    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. The Society of Occupational Medicine will share how to help employees successfully return to work after the COVID-19 lockdown, examining your legal obligation as an employer and ensuring productivity in the workplace.

    You will review strategies toimprove employee productivity through early intervention, digital solutions and behaviour insights.We will explore the handling of difficult cases in the context of employment law, and you'll hear practical case studies focusing on menopause and musculoskeletal disorders.

Agenda
Start

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
  • Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on sickness absence including potential effect on productivity, presenteeism and positive wellbeing

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

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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 and how COVID-19 may change how people think about working hours
  • 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 
  • Exploring how working from home and offering flexibility for employees can help build positive working relationships 

    10:40-10:50 Questions and Discussion

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 during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Making reasonable adjustments to employees who have conditions that prevent them from working 
  • Discussing the impact of Brexit and COVID-19 on Employment Law to prepare for changes to policy

    11:10-11:20 Questions and Discussion


11:20 - 11:50
Intermission

 

11:50 - 12:20
Returning to Work after the COVID-19 Lockdown

 
  • Managing employees returning to work so that employers can manage risk alongside their legal obligation
  • Planing ahead: understanding a staged return to work, the impact to productivity and reducing absenteeism and presenteeism 
  • Supporting employees who are working from home, while establishing trust 
12:10-12:20 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Nick Pahl CEO, The Society of Occupational Medicine

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12:20 - 12:50
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

    12:40-12:50 Questions and Discussion

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Sharon Vibert Menopause in The Workplace

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12:50 - 13:20
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

    13:10-13:20 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

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

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13:20 - 13:25
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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Joe Loftus Physiotherapist, Occupational Health, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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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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Anna Youngs Partner, Clarke Willmott Solicitors

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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