Managing Absenteeism and Wellbeing in the Workplace: Part 2 of 2 with Melodi James from WTW

With Melodi James

Discover how to handle employee absences and well-being at work in part two of this two-part series with Bianca Clifton and Melodi James. In part one, they explored the complex relationship between these two factors, the challenges faced by HR leaders, and effective strategies for improvement. Listen to the first episode here.


Melodi is an accredited mediator and experienced leader in Human Resources and Employee Relations and has worked across a wide range of industries including engineering, medical technology, professional services, online services, and healthcare. Melodi has experience supporting Australian and multi-national companies ranging from 100 to over 100,000 employees and has held people leadership roles with responsibility for leading and growing large teams of skilled HR/ER practitioners. 


Melodi’s expertise is in providing support for businesses and leaders to resolve employment issues and disputes, including hands-on experience in managing complex cases involving workplace conflict, performance management, grievance resolution, discipline management, medical capacity issues, and other employee and labour relations matters.


In this episode, Bianca and Melodi unpack how: 

🎙️Organisations can implement a comprehensive wellbeing program.

🎙️HR leaders can craft customised strategies to address identified absenteeism issues.

🎙️Businesses can utilise flexible work arrangements as part of a wellbeing strategy.

🎙️Business can consider various factors when developing a well-being program.


This episode is full of rich expertise, thoughtful discussions and key takeaways that we hope will inspire your practice as an HR professional.


02:42 How does a company go about implementing a comprehensive wellbeing program

12:02 If an HR Leader was looking to tackle an identified absenteeism issue, what would tailored strategies for this look like?

45:32 How could businesses utilise flexible work arrangements as part of a wellbeing strategy?

59:37 What other considerations might there be when developing a wellbeing program?

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