This week we are excited to announce that Susan Gee, Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing at Yorkshire Water will be speaking at the 14th Annual [email protected] summit – to share how the company reduced sickness absence to just 2.59%.
Susan is a commerically astute, innovative and highly influential OHM with comprehensive experience gained within public and private sector roles. Currently a visiting lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, Susan is a regular speaker at Symposium conference – and always brings a humorous, passionate and candid look at the field of workplace health.
She will be presenting a talk on what Yorkshire Water have done to drive the workplace health agenda with a strategy that focuses on the prevention of injuries and illnesses and effective management of an employees’ return to work after a period of absence – good management coupled with emotional literacy. This approach has resulted in:
- Sickness absence reduced from 3.38% to 2.59% – saving circa £800k in 16 months.
- Strong working relationships between OH, HR, H&S, management and trade unions
- Robust policies and practices that support employee wellbeing
- Managers are much more accountable – but have greater support
- Greater compliance with legislative requirements