Bradford Factor Calculator
The effects of absenteeism in the workplace are significant and far-reaching. Product quality and output can suffer, but – and perhaps more importantly – overall morale within the organisation is likely to take a significant dip, too.
Dealing with absenteeism is particularly tricky, because it requires open and honest conversations that may touch on highly sensitive topics. Why is someone regularly off sick? Is their absence justified by significant illness or is there something else gong on?
Asking these questions is difficult for any manager, which is why the ability to call on the Bradford Factor in order to gain real, analytical data about absenteeism is an increasingly useful tool for HR departments.
What is the Bradford Factor?
Believed to be named after work that was once undertaken by the Bradford University School of Management, the Bradford Factor score is a method used by HR teams to generate a no-nonsense, reliable numerical value for patterns of absence.
The number generated is used to score each employee’s absence per year. The lower the score, the less of an impact the employee’s absenteeism is likely to have had on the company’s productivity. Conversely, a high score indicates potential significant disruption to the organisation.
This unit of measurement is often the starting point for disciplinary proceedings relating to excess absenteeism and it’s simplicity is designed to discourage long periods of faux illness. It also sets a benchmark to which all staff can aspire.