Absenteeism can take a toll on your business's productivity. It increases costs such as replacement staff, paying overtime
to others to fill in the gap and paying staff for taking leave dishonestly. But there's light at the end of the tunnel. You can kick absenteeism
to the curb when you control it and I'll show you how.
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Kick absenteeism to the curb with these six tips
1. Create work teams
– This is an excellent way to get your employees involved. They need to be motivated and working together can help do that. Employees are less likely to take time off work if their colleagues will be affected by their actions.
2. Listen to their views
– Employees' want to feel valued and see their suggestions used. Ask them for ideas on how to make the office work better. It's a good way to find out how they feel about your business as a whole. They'll give you great ideas that could build your business.
3. Implement a leave management system
– Buy or create a leave management system that'll assist in tracking absenteeism
and help you spot trends. With it you can save time and money because you'll always stay on top of absenteeism
. Tracking absenteeism
will be one less thing to worry about because you don't have to waste time following it up.
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4. Develop an absenteeism policy
– This must show management how to deal with absenteeism
cases, post absenteeism
interviews and counselling. Having a policy will save you time on finding ways to deal with cases and protect you if it ever becomes a legal case.
5. Pay attention to job satisfaction
– Reviewing your employee's job satisfaction is an opportunity to make tasks interesting. No-one wants to work in a dead end job. For example, you can make tasks more enjoyable with job rotation and ad hoc projects.
6. Offer incentives
– Motivational incentives such as flexible work hours, 'employee of the month' awards and financial rewards, such as paid time off and bonuses, get employees more involved in the business. This'll reduce absenteeism
and boost output for your business. Your employees want to benefit from these incentives so they'll work harder.
Learn more on how to manage Absenteeism in A01 of the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management
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