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Chief executive says new approach being adopted
6:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
The number of sick days taken by Bradford Council workers must be cut if the authority is to be financially secure, its chief executive has said.
Reducing absence rates at Bradford Council was “absolutely crucial to put the Council on a sustainable financial footing”, chief executive Tony Reeves said.
Sickness rates among Council employees had been falling each year since 2005, but rose slightly in the past year, to an average of 10.44 days per employee.
Mr Reeves said progress appeared to have hit a plateau, which suggested they needed to try new ways of tackling the issue. He said: “It’s time for a step-change in our approach.”
Bradford Council’s Executive heard a Well-being Strategy was being introduced, which included on-site physiotherapists working to prevent injuries.
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