Managing employee attendance by maximizing engagement and productivity is a priority for all employers, more so in the present labour market characterized by significant shortages. To this end, the Malta Chamber’s HR Committee has, during the past year, focused its efforts on educating Malta Chamber members on how to manage employee attendance. On 29th January 2019, the Committee held a workshop aimed at equipping managers with the skills to carry out return to work interviews.
Return to work interviews have been proven to be an effective practice that helps to increase employee attendance and engagement. Such interviews demonstrate to employees that the employer notices their absences and gives the manager an opportunity to identify possibly underlying causes of frequent non-attendance.
The workshop commenced with a brief introduction of the Committee’s role by Ms Catherine Calleja, Chairperson of the HR Committee, who also set the scene as to why the Committee agreed to organize training on return to work interviews and how it seeks to continue enhancing the skills of member HR managers.
The workshop, led by Dr Paul Daniel Micallef, Mindworks Malta, focused on the attitudes that ensure holistic wellbeing for all at the workplace as a way to enhance employee engagement and proceeded to equip the managers present with the necessary skills to perform effective return to work interviews. Dr Micallef also stressed the importance of factual documentation and how to lead an effective shift from a victim mentality to a growth mindset.
Dr Lara Pace, Associate, Ganado Advocates provided attendees with important context on how to apply such practices within the spirit of the General Data Protection Regulation.
Malta Chamber Policy Executive Mr Nigel Mifsud presented the main findings of a recent survey that gathered data regarding sick leave statistics in the private sector. During frequent discussions on the subject, it was noted that reliable sick leave data for the private sector was not collected as employers are not obliged to report sick leave instances of less than 3 days.
Therefore, the Survey titled ‘Benchmarking Private Sector Sick Leave Statistics’ was led by the HR Committee and conducted during October 2018. The data gathered refers to average days of sick leave per employee per year,