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Managing sickness absence The success of a business depends on the health and well-being of its employees. Sickness absence is one of the most serious obstacles to productivity, profitability and competitiveness. The first step you should take in controlling absence is to maintain records of all employees' absences and lateness. The records should be kept in a form which makes analysis of the data relatively simple. This will help you observe and monitor each individual's absence levels. The absence of staff from work causes obvious problems of productivity, especially when such absences are unplanned. The smaller the company, the greater