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Please note that this training module is taught in Dutch. We do, however, offer bespoke sessions!


Our training module “Dealing with absenteeism and occupational disability” focuses on good employment practices and making the employee feel heard - to be categorised under “affectionate confrontation” and “challenging help”. We do not conduct any interviews with sick employees on your behalf, but rather teach you how to gain insight into all foreseeable aspects that may reduce the (illness-related) absence rate successfully and thus increase the effectivity of your organisation.


The employer and employee bear individual responsibility for the re-integration of absent employees and for any guidance regarding their (illness-related) absence. We can offer support showing how to correctly and adequately exercise that duty. We offer personal training sessions for supervisors and HR staff concerning the theories and legislation in the area of absenteeism and occupational disability, and absenteeism behaviour. It is an interactive and practical approach, which, combined with your own case history, will contribute to maximising insight into the various aspects of absenteeism. The training module also discusses in detail the role of the occupational health physician versus that of the supervisor, and offers a variety of practical tips.

The whole picture and causes of absence

There may be myriad causes leading to illness. Our training module is based on the principle “Illness isn’t a choice, wilful absence is” , which proffers an active, human approach by which absenteeism can indeed be reduced, without taking up the role of the physician. It is, however, only possible to ascertain the causes of persistent absence, medical or no, once one has a clear understanding of the absentee employee. By this we not only mean understanding the employee as a person (behaviour), but also understanding any underlying difficulties at home and at work. An integral approach such as this one can, however, only lead to success if: there is an adequate sense of willingness within your organisation willingness on behalf of the management, supervisors and employees, to assume responsibility in addressing absenteeism; the (upper) management is willing and able to support the employee, top down, across the relevant chain of command.

The training module

The training module takes place in 3 half-day segments. The Gatekeeper segment will be given by two speakers (a labour expert and an occupational health physician/instructor), during which your own case history will be considered. The second segment, given by another speaker (occupational health physician/instructor) will focus on gaining insight into illness and behaviour related thereto, dysfunctional behaviour and conflicts, the roles of supervisors versus that of the occupational health physician, various approaches to longterm and persistent illness-related absence, and the workload model. Interactive sessions will take place in which participants learn from one another and tips and suggestions can be put forward. The sessions will also offer participants practical methods to conduct effective absence interviews. The final segment is a practical supplement and an additional in-depth continuation of the second segment. It focuses on communication between the supervisor and the absentee employee, employing a trained (drama) actor, and using your own cases, to engender further insight into and awareness of one’s own behaviour and the prevalent communicative skills surrounding illness.

Independent half-day segments

The programme of the first two half-day segments can also be followed separately. The second segment, however, does require (some) prior knowledge of absenteeism and employment legislation.

Maximum amount of participants

The number of participants is limited to 15 to ensure optimal interactivity.

Bespoke training sessions in English

Our training module has been developed based on Dutch legislation. This means it consists of a lot of the jargon used in the Dutch workplace and legislation. Should you wish to have this training module given in English, then we would be happy to discuss the options available to you. Interested? Just get in touch!
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Dealing with absenteeism and

occupational disability

Optionally with (drama) actor!
Interactive and practical approach combined with your own casuistry. Optional support by an actor!
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