How to deal with staff absenteeism

How to deal with staff absenteeism

How to deal with staff absenteeism

Excessive absences can equate to decreased productivity and can have a major effect on company finances and departmental and team morale as well as other factors. Although only a small number of people typically do it, it’s left to the diligent staff to pick up the pieces; these are the 4% as I describe them. There are ways to prevent and reduce it – but it has to be addressed in a fair and consistent manner.

Reasons for Staff absenteeism

The staff can become unengaged with the goals and objectives of the organisation, either through poor management, personal reasons or a lack of motivation and alignment with the organisation, so what do we do?

Record it
Record absences and highlight any issues to managers and supervisors. The quicker you alert your managers, the quicker they are aware of the issues and the quicker they can deal with it.

Consider the causes

It’s important to work out what is causing an employee to be habitually absent from work.

The Main Causes are:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • The employee might be being bullied or harassed at work
  • They may be applying for other jobs and attending interviews
  • Chronic illness and injury are also causes of absenteeism.

Some companies implement employee wellness programmes to prevent absenteeism, these can be expensive to implement and maintain but they can have a positive effect on a company’s bottom line.

Increase flexibility
Allowing employees more control over their work hours and introducing flexi-time or the opportunity to work from home occasionally is potentially an option and can lead to reduced absenteeism.

Be approachable
Do your employees get quiet, appear distant and hide in their body language looking intimidated when you walk by? If so, it’s important that employees feel they can address any issues with you that may result in absenteeism. An open door policy and openness in communication is a major step forward.

In an effort to reduce absenteeism, some companies offer incentives for going to work. These could be in the form of earned time off or bonuses for workers who have not been absent within a certain period of time.

Absence policy
Implement and enforce an absence policy. It needs to be tracked and monitored and enforced quickly, consistently and fairly to curb unscheduled absence and unauthorised sick days.

Be realistic
Sometimes people really do need to take some time out that simply cannot be planned. Allow staff to take a maximum number of days each year at short notice. You will get more out of your employees in the long run.

To find out more give a call on 0121 605 7533 or contact us to put a date in the diary to put an end to your absenteeism problem.

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