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Absenteeism - advanced 

Join this program and start building the skill of avoiding absenteesim. Learn the basics, have insightful conversations, and use evidence-based daily habits to reinforce the fundamental sub-skills necessary for mastery.
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  • Includes 1 webinar, and extra resources
  • Includes daily practice: 3 habits + 3 conversations
  • Total time investment = 3,5 hours, 3-6 weeks
Soft skills are everything

Why you should follow this program

It's a tricky situation when an employee is chronically absent. On the one hand, it can be tough to manage a team when one person is missing from the equation. On the other hand, it can be tough to manage an employee who's constantly taking time off.

The good news is that a large proportion of absenteeism can be avoided by catching the signs early on and acting early and appropriately. That way, you can support your employee and find solutions to work-related issues before they develop into bigger problems. You'll also want to follow up on the first signs to avoid dealing with them in the future!

Enhanced Professional Relationships

By incorporating bi-weekly 10-minute check-in conversations, this program facilitates the development of stronger professional relationships. These regular interactions create a supportive environment, fostering a sense of connection and camaraderie among team members. The emphasis on staying connected acts as a proactive measure, reducing the likelihood of absenteeism by addressing potential issues before they escalate.

Effective Feedback Strategies

The program equips you with the skills to determine the right conversations to have with colleagues and provides a practical tool for giving feedback. This not only enhances communication within the team but also ensures that your feedback is constructive and focused on areas that truly matter. Improved feedback mechanisms contribute to a positive work culture, reducing stressors that may lead to absenteeism.

Mastering Active Listening

Active listening is a cornerstone of effective communication, and the program emphasizes its importance. You learn and practice active listening techniques, enhancing your ability to understand and address concerns before they become reasons for absenteeism. Search for an accountability partner to ensure that the newly acquired skills are consistently applied, creating a workplace where everyone feel heard and valued.

Holistic Skill Development

Beyond addressing specific issues, the program offers a comprehensive approach to professional development. By combining check-in conversations, feedback strategies, and active listening skills, you gain a holistic set of interpersonal skills. This not only reduces absenteeism but also contributes to a workplace culture that fosters continuous improvement, engagement, and job satisfaction.

Master the skill of avoiding absenteeism (advanced)

Build the skill, by mastering the sub-skills first.
After the kick-start webinar, you will practice building tiny habits (so small you will have no reason not to do it) in the workflow or in your personal life. You will build this skill habit-by-habit, conversation-by-conversation, focusing on 3 sub-skills.

Sub-skill 1

Week 1 - 2 

Stay connected by checking in regularly

Have (bi-) weekly 10-minute check-in conversations to stay connected as a preventive measure for absenteeism.
#Check-inConversations #MarcusBuckingham

Sub-skill 2

Week 3  - 4  

Decide what to give feedback on

Find out whether you are having the right conversations with your colleagues and discover a tool for deciding what, exactly, to give feedback on.
#CrucialConversations #CPRtechnique

Sub-skill 3

Week 5 - 6 

Practice active listening

Practice active listening and find an accountability partner who can help you become a better listener.
#ActiveListening #LSDtechnique #PALMobservation

Meet your trainer

At the kickstart of your 3-6 week skills development program, you will follow a webinar delivered by Sarah Cherif, founder and CEO of SkillsGym. Here are a few things you might like to know about her:

Sarah's background

Sarah began her career at the University of Ghent with degrees in child education and philosophy, quickly realizing her passion for teaching. Faced with the challenge of helping seasoned leaders develop soft skills without any prior corporate experience, she turned this disadvantage into a strength by creating evidence-based, sure-proof plans to build strong soft skills through habit formation and impactful conversations.

Personal life

Sarah's roots are Belgian and Tunesian, and she partially grew up in Washington DC. She currently lives in Belgium with her partner Nils (who is co-founder of SkillsGym Health), and has a dog named Lizzy.

20+ years of impact

Together with her SkillsGym team, Sarah has helped numerous world-class organizations like Samsung, Deloitte, Ikea... and thousands of managers and their teams improve their soft skills. SkillsGym now offers programs to accelerate the mastery of 50 essential leadership, team and well-being skills.

Fun fact

Sarah tests all the habits and conversations in the SkillsGym offer herself; that's more than 200+ habits and 200+ conversations. Most of them have become second nature. Yet, as you'll learn in the webinars, she isn't shy to talk about the failures and frustrations along the way.

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