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Limit loss of productivity in your business by setting an absenteeism standard!

by , 30 May 2013
The Labour Department recorded 99 strikes in the department's strike data system in 2012. This involved 118,215 striking workers. The loss in productivity is staggering - but your business is likely suffering from similar absenteeism issues if you haven't set an absenteeism standard. Here's how to do so today!


A total of 17,290,552 working hours were lost to illegal or unprotected strikes last year, said Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant yesterday, says The BusinessReport.
 
That's JUST from unprotected strikes
 
If you look through your business' attendance register, you'll see day after day lost to sick leave and chronic lateness too.
 
Think of how much this is actually costing your business in the long run.
 
Luckily, you can put a stop to most forms of absenteeism in your business today.
 
To do so, you first need to set a clear absenteeism standard for your organisation, explains the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service
 
Here's how to set an absenteeism standard in your business
 
This is a threshold that'll trigger formal counselling if your employees transgress it.
 
As a result, an absenteeism standard can be used to manage the cost of absenteeism as it alerts your employees to the fact that you're managing absenteeism
 
To set an absenteeism standard, your first step is to look at your absenteeism rate to determine an acceptable and realistic level of absenteeism, as no-one's a robot – your employees WILL fall sick from time to time. 
 
So give it some thought – have a look at your attendance records and see if there are any worrying patterns such as high levels of sick leave
 
Then, once you've decided on the 'absenteeism standard', you'll be better prepared to step in when an employee exceeds this amount.
 
Revealed: What to do when an employee breaches the accepted absenteeism standard in your business
 
The best way to do so is through a series of informal and formal counselling sessions, says the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service
 
This should be a joint problem-solving process where you talk to the employee to identify the underlying causes of the problem and put in place a detailed plan of action.
 
So, if the cause of the absenteeism is illness, explain your sick leave policy to your employee and when he needs to bring in a medical certificate as proof of illness.
 
This way, you'll have a solid paper trail if the pattern continues and you need to take disciplinary action.

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