The National Association of Entrepreneurs of Colombia (ANDI) is concerned about the increase in absenteeism in Colombia, mainly due to common illnesses. Speaking with the Dutch Employers' Cooperation Program (DECP) it was decided to bring in two specialists to Bogotá. What would draw the attention of the specialists? What are the differences between the Colombian model of reintegration of sick employees on the one hand and the Dutch and Spanish on the other? And what recommendations could the formulated?
During the last week of February, Oscar Saez from Spain and Ton van Oostrum and Peter Boorsma from the Netherlands spoke with researchers, academics, trade unions, representatives of insurance companies and human resources managers of individual companies. They spoke about absenteeism, reintegration, model and finances, obstacles and possible solutions. They also visited the Spanish-Colombian chamber of commerce, the Colombo-Dutch chamber ‘Holland House’ and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bogotá. The mission resulted in a compact report that was delivered to ANDI last week. ANDI already indicated that the report will help them to formulate proposals for improving the model of reintegration.