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Managing long-term absence

Learn how to manage long term sickness absence so you can retain talented employees.

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Perfect for:

HR generalists
People Managers

You’ll learn how to:

  • define long-term absence
  • outline the roles of different stakeholders in facilitating an employee’s return to work
  • explain how organisations can support employees to return to work sustainably after a long-term absence.

About this course

Course length: 60-90 minutes

Delivery: Online, self-directed

Suitable for: People professionals and line managers.

This course is included as part of the Core Learning Subscription.

What to expect from this ‘managing long-term absence’ course

This short course supports people professionals who want to understand the complexities of long-term absence and how to implement a person-centred approach that ensures a sustainable return to work. You’ll learn how to manage long term sickness absence with humanity and empathy, using adjustments.

What you’ll need to do on this course

This bite-sized training consists of written, video and interactive content. You can work through the content at your own pace. At the end, you can test your understanding with a brief knowledge check. This is not a formal assessment; you can repeat it several times to help reinforce your learning.​

What you’ll get on this course

Taking part in this course gives you access to the CIPD Learning Hub for 12 months. Here, you can access your course content together with other valuable resources and tools. When you finish your course, you can enjoy an additional 12 months of access to other resources on the Learning Hub.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • understand the complexities of how to manage long-term sickness absence
  • use a practical, proactive, and person-centred approach to managing long-term absence that ensures a sustainable return to work.
  • recognise the roles that everyone plays in managing long-term sickness absence.

Team bookings

Interested in booking this course for your team? We offer group bookings solutions for teams of four or more people.

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