Coun­cil misses sick­ness tar­gets

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

Sick­ness ab­sence tar­gets are be­ing missed in sev­eral Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil de­part­ments, a re­port has re­vealed. The area’s an­nual per­for­mance re­view for 2017/18 showed that some ar­eas of the author­ity have suf­fered dou­ble the pro­jected av­er­age num­ber of sick days. With a tar­get of six days per year, cus­tomer and sup­port ser­vices had eight, gov­er­nance and law 8.4, fa­cil­i­ties and hu­man re­sources both 12.2 and strate­gic fi­nance 13.1. Dou­glas Hendry, the coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of cus­tomer ser­vices, pre­sented the fig­ures at a meet­ing of the coun­cil’s pol­icy and re­sources com­mit­tee. Coun­cil­lor Gary Mul­vaney said: ‘If you look at some de­part­ments, it is one or two mem­bers of staff skew­ing the fig­ures, so that is a bit of a con­cern.’ Mr Hendry replied: ‘Sick­ness ab­sence is an is­sue for all coun­cils and em­ploy­ers, but I would agree it is a par­tic­u­lar is­sue for us.’ Jane Fowler, head of im­prove­ment and hu­man re­sources, added: ‘There have been in­creased lev­els of stress-re­lated ab­sence. ‘But in the coun­cil, we saw a par­tic­u­lar spike re­lat­ing to ab­sence in fi­nan­cial quar­ter four, when peo­ple get colds and flu. ‘We have an age­ing work­force, and pop­u­la­tion in gen­eral, but we have more em­ploy­ees man­ag­ing longer term con­di­tions. ‘There are rea­sons for ab­sences but we are putting as much ef­fort in as we can to look at ways to tackle this.’

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