Absence Management

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Absence Management

Being a Human Resource professional, employees have given me excuses related to illness for their absence from work and then accidently being tagged in pictures of their holiday at a favourite holiday destination on social media. According to a Morneau Shepell survey, more than half of all employees – 52% – calling in sick for work say they are not actually suffering from an illness.

From paid sick leave to more expansive leave policies, absence management has been a trending topic of late. Managing attendance can also be a factor in which a business can manage absences. Absences in a business can cause it to lose a huge amount of money as well as the productivity inside the company. If a business can manage or measure attendance effectively, the employer will be able to tell how much time is being lost/delayed. They will be able to look into this and see what way to tackle this problem. The only way they will be able to tell the number of absences is to manage their attendance.

With a considerable reduction in absences will mean that the business will have a higher financial reward. According to Absenteeism: The Bottom-Line Killer, a publication of workforce solution company Circadian, unscheduled absenteeism costs roughly $3,600 per year for each hourly worker and $2,650 each year for salaried employees. This is a huge figure when looked into, so it is vital that a business manages their attendance properly. Not all businesses will have the same absence policy or attendance management policy, it will vary from business to business.

What employers can do to control absence at work?

Implementing a policy which limits the number of paid sick leaves availed by the employee and using an effective leave management system which is automated and requires very less or negligible manual intervention will help. A single glance dashboard will effectively help control these leaves. ClockIt gives you this dashboard to save you from all those long hours validating the leave balance of all employees and  many more exciting features. Sign up for our free version today!

The bottom line

Absenteeism is a difficult problem to tackle because there are both legitimate and poor excuses for missing work – and it can be challenging for employers to effectively monitor, control and reduce absenteeism. Occasional absences from work are inevitable – people get sick or injured, have to take care of others, or need time during business hours to handle personal business. It is the habitual absences that are most challenging to employers, and that can have the greatest negative effect on the team – because missed work days have a  financial effect on a company’s bottom line.


Farzi Ahmed
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