Small changes in the workplace and personal lives can make big differences to the wellbeing of employees and in turn can reduce absenteeism. Relevant information can be found on the Employee Good Health Group page which includes wellbeing toolkits, advice on good health and training available. See link below.
SPECIAL LEAVE AND EMPLOYEE AIDE
It may be necessary for an employee to be absent from work due to reasons other than illness and it is important that all absence is correctly labelled and recorded. Special leave provisions are available to support employees when they require time off for personal reasons. Information about the special leave arrangements are on the Zone. In addition to the these arrangements, Employee Aide is a provision to assist employees to deal with unexpected family, personal or domestic problems and provide managers with more flexibility in dealing with requests for time off when these situations arise.
3.2 ANNUAL LEAVE
Employees should be encouraged to use their annual leave proportionately throughout the year to prevent stress and tiredness.
3.3 COUNSELLING SERVICE
Time for Talking – http://www.timefortalking.co.uk/
Aberdeen City Council provides a free, confidential, 24 hour counselling service 365 days per year.
3.4 FLEXIBLE WORKING
As part of the Smarter Working Guidance, employees can request to work flexibly. Managers should consider the options under Smarter Working when managing someone under the Supporting Attendance and Wellbeing Policy.
3.5 STRESS INFORMATION.
For more information about stress, its causes and ideas and techniques to control and manage stress.
Click here for more information
3.7 EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY
Aberdeen City Council promotes equliaty of opportunity and is committed to having a diverse workforce where everyone is valued and respected. For more information
3.8 EXTENSION OF OCCUPATIONAL SICK PAY
The Council recognises the difficulties that individuals and their families may encounter financially if their occupational sick pay ceases due to their length of time off sick due to being in the terminal phase of an illness*. The Council is therefore committed to ensuring that, in return for their loyalty to the authority, a continuation of occupational sick pay can be requested by Services in order to ease the stress of financial commitments placed on employees and their families.
For more information
4.0 USEFUL CONTACTS
Access to Work – www.gov.uk/access-to-work/overview
Fit For Work Service – Advice Line 0800 019 2211, www.fitforworkscotland.scot
Healthy Working Lives – www.healthyworkinglives.com