Facilities Management provider Fasset makes national shortlist for the prestigious Employee Benefits Awards 2011 Created on 06/04/2011 10:35:00
Facilities management and office solutions specialist Fasset Ltd has made the final shortlist for The Employee Benefits Awards 2011, in the category of ‘Most Effective Sickness Absence Management Strategy’.
In their ninth year, the industry recognised Awards are the only UK event dedicated to acknowledging and praising employers’ reward and benefit strategies; and this year over 3,000 entries were submitted overall across all 21 categories.
This was the first time that Hampshire based Fasset had entered these Awards following the implementation of a new ‘Absence Policy’ and as part of their submission, they were able to demonstrate their very impressive, quantifiable results for the FY 2009/2010. Headline findings during the period, showed an overall cost saving to the business of £30,000 that is a reduction in actual costs to the business of 37.1%. This equated to a drop in overall days lost to absence from 1,143 to 785, which had a hugely positive impact across every area within the company.
This new ‘Absence Policy’ was the brainchild of Fasset HR Manager, Debbie Jenkins who joined the company in 2008: “Whilst previously nonattendance was monitored, staff attitudes and appreciation of the real effect of absence was hugely diverse and misunderstood. The business did not fully account for additional overtime or temporary staff costs incurred; nor did it investigate the demoralising effects and detrimental impact of this on our business.”
The Policy introduced very specific objectives in order to manage and reduce sickness absence, both in the long and short term. These included: better monitoring of absence, improved communication with staff about their absence and a greater understanding of what was acceptable. For the first time, a disciplinary policy was invoked for poor attendance, new training initiatives were set up for supervisory staff, empowering them to deal with absence at a local level; and occupational health offered advice and rehabilitation support to help employees get back to work.
Jenkins continues: “We want a happy and healthy workforce and this policy not only encourages staff to really consider their absence and the knock-on effect it has to their team and the business overall; but encourages them via occupational health and wellbeing initiatives back to work quickly.”
The Award category has five other finalists and the winners will be announced in June at a formal ceremony in London’s Artillery Gardens at The HAC.
Jenkins concludes: “These Awards showcase the very best in employee benefits across all industry sectors and I am delighted to be shortlisted amongst such worthy adversaries. It’s a tough category but I am confident that we stand as good a chance as anyone.”