Struggling To Keep Up With Staff Absence? In 2019, There’s No Excuse The best absence management processes are ones that are clear, fair and developed to fit the needs and resources of an organisation. They strike a careful balance between offering sufficient time off to account for sickness, and being strict enough to discourage unnecessary absence and lost productivity. This is where Attendance Pro comes in.
Attendance Pro is much more than just an absence management system.
Attendance Pro is an entire HR solution designed to help resolve the issues you didn’t realise your business had. When you become an Attendance Pro user, you also gain access to our employment law and occupational health team. This means that as well as accurately recording your company’s absences, we can also provide you with occupational health support to help ensure your employees are fit and healthy to work as well legal advice around certain topics, such as absence policies, should need it.
The good news is that the UK has seen the lowest level of sick days since records began according to the
Office of National Statistics. However, with the average for each working employee standing at 4.3 days, this still created a total of 137 million days lost to sickness.
As a business, when you start accurately tracking staff absences, you’re taking the first step to combating the biggest issue you didn’t know existed. You’ll quickly begin to notice how damaging those one off sick days really are for your business. Taken out of context, the odd sick day here and there shouldn’t pose too much of an issue. But once you begin accurately tracking this information you’ll begin to notice the unpleasant truth. For companies with a high number of staff, you’re probably missing someone from at least one department every single day through illness. and you didn’t even realise. For companies with a small number of staff, it can be more noticeable that you have employees missing, but that doesn’t mean it’s less damaging to your company. .
Not only will following a robust absence management process help you to defend yourself, should your treatment of staff ever be brought under scrutiny, but it will also help you to identify staff reaching unacceptable levels of sickness, and encourage better levels of attendance.
Once the employer begins to monitor absence reasons, periods of absence, frequency etc. – it should build enough data to spot trends and common causes for absence, whether attributed to individuals or the collective workforce. Monitoring is not just about exposing those who abuse the system – although it helps. Absence monitoring will also allow the company to spot trends in absence that they can begin to alleviate through occupational health, prevention schemes, policies and even shift or working periods.
Organisations need effective people management policies to promote engagement and attendance and therefore keep sickness absence at an appropriate and manageable level. Employees need well-defined job roles, challenging but realistic targets, and support and training to help them achieve these targets. Creating a good work environment means employees are less likely to wake up and think ‘I don’t feel like going in to work today’.