Supporting Attendance

Careful and supportive management of staff attendance through both illness and non-work related issues can increase staff performance, loyalty and productivity. This section helps you to develop your own policy and introduces the main issues to consider when managing attendance. Plus you'll find information about the most common work-related illnesses and a downloadable tool to help you record attendance.

Useful documents

Return to work form (PDF 153 KB)

Supporting staff attendance policy (PDF 89 KB)

Employers' guidance to obtaining a medical report for an employee (PDF 110KB)

Employee consent for employer to access medical notes (PDF 121 KB)

Supporting employees on long term sickness absence

Fit for Work Scotland is a free, confidential advice and support service to help manage long term sickness absence. Employers worried about their employees and GPs concerned about their patients can, with consent, refer them to the service (online referral is quick and easy). Provided by NHS Scotland the service offers expert support, assessment and back-to-work advice.

Visit Fit for Work Scotland or call the Adviceline to discuss your options 0800 019 2211.

Legislation and Policy

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Information about employers' policy and legal requirements around workplace health and safety, staff working conditions and dealing with ill health and injury.

Hazardous substances guidance

A step-by-step guide to identifying and controlling hazardous substances.

Health and Safety - Quick Start Guide

A beginner's guide to protecting and improving employee health.

Workplace Hazards

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Information on common hazards from asbestos to vibration.

Health Risks at Work

Learn more about the Health Risks at work initiative, managing health risks associated with workplace activities and how to become involved.

Equipment and Safe Working Practice

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Information and advice on the safe use of common items of work equipment, and safe working methods for everyday activities.

Office Hazards

The office hazards programme is designed to help you identify the various hazards found in offices and give you some suggestions on how to deal with them in both practical and legal terms.


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Assisting people into (or back to) work benefits businesses, individuals and communities. Read what organisations can do to help and what assistance is available.

Promoting Health at Work

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Employers and employees benefit from promoting health in the workplace. Having healthy and motivated staff can reduce sickness absences, improve productivity, and help create a safer working environment. Read about health issues that can be addressed in the workplace here.