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Time Off, Absence and Disability

Sibson understands that employee productivity directly correlates to the success of the organization. We help our clients with the strategy, design and management of time off and disability programs, including paid time off.

Paid time off includes programs that many employees value, including:

  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Personal days
  • Jury/military duty
  • Incidental/sick leave
  • Salary continuation

Disability-related programs, which are integral to an organization’s effectiveness and overall health when properly designed and administered, include:

  • Sick leave
  • Salary continuation
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Return to work
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Wellness and disease management
  • Behavioral health

Employee support programs include many of the items mentioned above with the addition of employee assistance programs (EAP) and work/life benefits. All of these programs need to be managed within various constructs as illustrated below.

Through our Healthy Enterprise and Rewards of WorkSM research, we understand the important role that disability, paid time off and other leave programs play in establishing a healthy and effective organization where both employees and the organization thrive. Sibson’s Healthy Enterprise Initiative creates a healthy environment for employees and their dependents, which reduces workforce costs and enables employees to more completely engage in their work and life. Sibson’s research indicates that successful healthy enterprise organizations experienced the greatest impact on workers’ compensation and extended absence, which included short-term disability. Visit our Healthy Enterprise page to learn more.

Effective disability programs focus on rehabilitation and return to work of affected employees. This includes preventative measures such as safety, accountability and risk management, and efforts to promote health through personal and professional renewal.

Every organization has different issues that may affect absence and result in reduced productivity. Sibson conducts research on the many investments organizations make in their employees to better understand how they drive attraction, retention, commitment, motivation and engagement. Using our Employee Productivity Framework, we help our clients assess the factors that have the greatest impact on employee absence, health and productivity.

The structure and communication of paid time off and disability programs play an important role in shaping and supporting an organization’s total rewards strategy. An organization does not need to be unique in all five areas of rewards, but it does need a distinctive value proposition (benefits, compensation, affiliation, work content, and career opportunities) to set itself apart.

Sibson’s Rewards of Work research found that vacation time is the second most cost effective reward as illustrated in the following table:

A good way to determine the success of your paid time off and disability program, and how it compares against other organizations, is through an assessment and/or audit of your current program. Using its Healthy Enterprise and Rewards of Work models, Sibson can help your organization experience positive outcomes in your paid time off, absence and disability programs.

Learn More

Paid Time Off (PTO) — Is It Really a Differentiator?
Sibson 2008 Hospital Webinar Series