Steps Employers Can Take to Reduce Employee Absenteeism
September 6 2018Read more
Due to its unpredictable nature, employee absenteeism is impossible to eradicate, but there are ways you can adjust your organisation to improve employee morale.
Whilst a better work atmosphere can’t prevent employees from falling ill, it could help to give them more motivation, which in turn can work to greatly reduce absence rates.
As an added bonus, the benefits of employee absence management will also include improvements in the general happiness of employees, workplace efficiency, and increased staff retention.
So, if you feel as though your organisation needs a morale boost, then read on for some ways to achieve this and reduce absenteeism.
One of the most important steps that can be taken to reduce absenteeism is to encourage your employees to have a good work-life balance.
A great way to do this is to have a reasonable holiday allowance in place, which will help to avoid unnecessary sick days being taken when employees need some time off.
Allowing employees to book more holidays will also mean that the rest of the team are able to create a plan of action when one member is absent. This will help to avoid any impact on productivity, which can be caused by unanticipated absences.
Return to Work Scheme
It is also essential that as part of your absence management scheme you establish processes to assess an employee’s ability to work after a period of sickness, with the assistance of trained advisors and nurses.
This will result in helping to ease an employee’s transition back into the workplace, and ensure that it is a smooth process, thus making it less overwhelming for them.
Doing this will also ensure that every employee understands the support they will receive from the organisation, and what will be expected of them on their return.
Offer Flexible Working Options
Another option which can help employers avoid an absenteeism problem is to offer flexible working options, within limits.
The options can take the form of a flexi-time system in which employees can come in earlier to finish earlier, extended lunches, or the option to work from home if it is required. This independence and flexibility will make it easier for staff to find a schedule that suits them, resulting in them being more likely to be able to make it to work.
Support Any Issues
If employees are genuinely struggling with a personal issue, such as their mental health, it can be extremely beneficial to implement an employee assistance programme, which can give employees support in times of stress or trauma.
As well as this, an EAP or trauma management service will help to help create a mental health aware workplace, allowing employees to open up to each other and support their peers if needed.
Creating a culture of understanding and compassion in the workplace will ensure that employees feel as though they can speak their mind, and that managers understand that employee absenteeism is often the result of a larger problem.
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