Workplace Absenteeism and Misconduct Investigations

Employee absenteeism can be damaging to a business. It can be doubly impactive when that absence is suspected not to be genuine.

In 2022 the Office for National Statistics reported that the sickness absence rate in the UK in 2021 rose to 2.2%, from a record low of 1.8% in 2020; this is the highest it has been since 2010, when it was also 2.2%.

An estimated 149.3 million working days were lost because of sickness or injury in the UK in 2021, equivalent to 4.6 days per worker.

The most common reason for sickness absence in 2021 was “other” conditions, including accidents, poisonings, diabetes and coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 accounted for nearly one in four of all occurrences of sickness absence in 2021(Sickness absence in the UK labour market: 2021 Article)

In 2020 the cost of fake employee absenteeism was estimated to be £5.6 billion in the United Kingdom (Fake Illness Businesses Article).

Reasons for absenteeism vary greatly from lack of leave days to accommodate private and social matters, lack of understanding of company sickness policies to dishonesty and laziness.

Artemis are here to help businesses understand whether an employee is genuinely sick or has taken advantage at a cost to their employer and demonstrating a lack of integrity and pure dishonesty.

Our surveillance, GPS and vehicle tracking and open source intelligence services can paint an evidential picture to inform employers so that they make the correct decisions in challenging such behaviours.

We have investigators who are experienced through their work in the public sector and are ACAS trained to conduct and manage workplace investigations and so can assist you in taking these or other workplace investigation and misconduct matters forward in a professional manner.

Combined with our background check and open source intelligence services we believe we can guide employers and businesses towards making appropriate decisions regarding such sensitive workplace matters.

We would always recommend that employers seek Human Resources and legal advice before committing to covert activity in relation to employee absence and misconduct issues.

We handle all information gained in accordance with the Data Protection Principles and are registered with the Information Commissioners Office

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