Purpose of this Guidance

General supportive action will often achieve the effect of improving and maintaining an employee's attendance to an acceptable level. There will however be some cases where it is appropriate for managers to take formal action under the capability procedure. The following guidelines are intended to help managers treat all cases of sickness absence in a fair, consistent and constructive way. A balance needs to be struck between the effective running of the University and the necessity for members of staff to have appropriate time away from work from time-to-time to recover from an illness or injury.

This guidance should be read in conjunction with the University of Exeter: Managing Absence Code of Practice (which includes a section regarding the Capability Procedure).