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How can managers help prevent absenteeism?

Your company may be going through this too: HR is up against a lot of challenges. Staff turnover is one thing, but the sad balance of absenteeism is also felt. Today, almost 500,000 people are absent for long periods of time. How can managers help to prevent long-term absenteeism? This question was extensively discussed during 'HR under Pressure', the annual event of AG Health Partner.

The link between leadership and wellbeing

"People who resign are more likely leaving their manager rather than their job". 30% of the aforementioned long-term cases of absenteeism are stress-related. According to Cédric Velghe, researcher and manager of The VIGOR Unit, research shows a clear link between leadership and well-being. In cases of burn-out, stress and absenteeism, there can also be weak or even no leadership. Destructive or abusive management is also a cause of low well-being. Speaker Rik Vera made no bones about it: the ideal manager must comply with the H.E.A.R.T. principle: he or she must be honest, ethical, authentic, responsible and transparent.

 

Want to take a look at this fascinating day? Watch the aftermovie below!

 

Feel like going a step further with the main lessons learned during this inspiring day?

 

Wellbeing of executives as a domino effect

If executives are to reduce the rising absenteeism figures, they obviously need to feel happy themselves. This can in turn create a domino effect for the entire organisation.

Training programmes for managers on how to deal with the stress in the organisation could be particularly effective. A thorough needs analysis has to be carried out prior to such a programme, however. Managers would be more motivated to grow if their needs were assessed beforehand.

That is why, in cooperation with AG, AG Health Partner, has developed a support programme: High Energy Habits for Leaders. Our vision? Those who take better care of themselves, also take better care of the members of their team.

 

Interested in bringing support to your people managers?