Falkirk Council aims to maximise attendance and minimise ill-health amongst its employees by promoting Health at Work. It is recognised that attendance of employees at work is crucial for the effective operation of the Council's services. High levels of attendance at work will contribute positively to the provision of quality services. Low levels of attendance, on the other hand, will adversely affect service provision in terms of both quality and performance, and may result in low morale and motivation generally amongst employees.
The Council is committed to implementing a fair and proper means of monitoring sickness absence in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Policy, to ensure that managers can be alerted to problems with service quality and delivery, and to enable them to take appropriate action in a fair and consistent manner whilst remaining responsive to the needs of the employees.
The absence target for all employee groups has remained at 4% for some years.
For 14/15, Falkirk Council reported 11.48 days lost for all employees (excluding Teachers), compared to a national average of 10.8. This is an increase from 10.66 as reported for 2013/2014. This moves Falkirk Council to 22nd position in the ranking of all Local Authorities.
For 14/15, Falkirk Council reported 4.76 working days lost for Teachers and Associated Professions, compared to the Scottish average of 6.28 days lost per teacher per year. As a result, this moves Falkirk Council's Teaching staff from 1st position to 2nd position against all other Local Authorities.
What the Council is doing to improve services
- Reviewing our absence policy and processes and benchmarking with other authorities on triggers and target levels. Consideration is being given to introducing different absence percentage targets for certain employee groups. Our aim is to achieve an overall absence level of 4%.
- A new absence monitoring system has been rolled out across the organisation. This gives managers access to real time data that can be used to manage absence within their areas.
How can the public get involved?
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If you want to make your voice heard, join the Citizens Panel today. You have the option to complete surveys online or on paper.
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