Employee absenteeism and sickness at work hits business in the bottom line. Despite this, many employers not only don’t track time off properly, they also don’t know where to begin tackling it.
It’s important to know the reasons for staff absence as this can give you some concrete ways to start bringing it down. Here are six tips for reducing staff absence.
6 tips for reducing staff absence
1 – Start tracking absence
If you don’t know how many and how often staff are absent from work, you won’t have the first clue on how to combat it. Absence management systems not only track absences, they can also tell you exactly how much it’s costing you.
It can also help you spot trends that might help you define reasons why staff are off regularly. Careful tracking of trends like these can help you to look after your staff, which always reduces absence.
2 – Help staff return to work
Many companies have instituted processes such as return to work interviews when staff return. However, often they are procedures that are followed “because they have to be”.
A long absence due to illness can make it difficult for staff to return. If you have a culture where people feel anxious about returning, you’ll add stress and they’ll be off longer.
3 – Reduce stress at work
If staff are constantly working to increasingly strict deadlines and targets, or if you’ve cut staff in the last budget but still need the work done, you’re asking your workers to take on an awful lot of stress.
As a manager, it’s important that you not only foster a culture of sharing, collaboration and compassion – you also need to actively ensure you’re doing everything you can to prevent staff becoming overworked.
4 – Offer a good paid-time off policy
Part of the reason for absenteeism is that staff work longer hours and working weeks that they used to. Asking so much of your workforce will be easier and reduce absenteeism if you offer a good package of paid time off. This means longer holidays and making it easier for staff to take them when they need them.
5 – Offer a wellness program
Employers that offer physical and mental health wellness programs report reduced absenteeism. You are responsible for overseeing a third of your employees’ lives – it’s important to look after it well. Focus on healthy living initiatives, gym vouchers and employee counselling and you’ll improve morale as well as physical and mental health, reducing sickness.
6 – Carry out a full ergonomics assessment
Sedentary lifestyles are linked to obesity, diabetes and cancer. Sitting at uncomfortable workstations or furniture that is not fit for purpose creates back aches, RSI (repetitive strain injury) and worse. Assess workstations ergonomically and refit the office where required.
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