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Absence management in the public sector: an integrative model?

Dibben, P. and James, P. and Cunningham, I.R. (2001) Absence management in the public sector: an integrative model? Public Money and Management, 21 (4). pp. 55-60. ISSN 0954-0962

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Abstract

Workforce absence rates in Britain have been found to be higher in the public sector than the private. The Government has set ambitious targets for the reduction of public sector absence rates and published a range of recommendations. The authors look at the ways the two sectors manage long-term absence. Although many public sector organizations, as well as some large private services ones, have systems in place, this article shows that these often contain structural weaknesses, and frequently do not operate in an integrated way. It is therefore concluded that many public organizations have some way to go to achieve the holistic approach to absence management advocated by the Government.