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Absence Management

Dealing with an employee who is always late

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We’re all late from time to time; it is part of life. From being delayed in traffic, broken down cars and even sleeping through an alarm, we’ve all been there! In a survey conducted by the Heathrow Express, employee lateness costs the UK economy around £9 billion a year. Traffic caused by road works (41%) was the leading cause of tardiness, closely followed by public transport delays (29%), unforeseen circumstances (25%), torrid weather (18%), sleeping through an alarm (14%) and leaving something behind (12%). But as an employer, punctual employees that are strong and passionate are critical to productivity as…

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Absence management

Absence Management

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What is absence management? Absence management is about reducing employee absenteeism (usually due to illness or injury) through policies and procedures. In order to have an effective impact, these policies and procedures will need to be communicated to both employees and managers, with management/HR taking a pro-active role in applying them. Some organisations prefer to use the term attendance management as it is considered more positive and this may even extend to rewarding employees for good attendance. Why is absence management important? The CIPD Absence Management Survey report found that: on average an employee is absent for 6.9 days per…

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Bradford Factor Calculator

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What is the Bradford Factor? The Bradford Factor is a way of measuring an employee’s absenteeism and is intended to highlight frequent short-term absence. The Bradford Factor can also be referred to as the Bradford Index or Bradford Formula. Why use the Bradford Factor? The Bradford Factor is usually used as a tool in part of the wider absence management process as opposed to a standalone tool. This is because of its heavy weighting on frequent short-term absence, which on its own could potentially be considered unfair or discriminatory. The tool can be used to identify trends and underlying patterns…

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Annual Leave – 5 Ways to Manage Summer Holiday Requests

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The big issue of annual leave requests in the Summer. The summer is finally here, British Summer Time has already begun, and schools and colleges across the country are now on the countdown until the big summer break. That’s great if you work in the academic sector and have an academic calendar, but what about the thousands (if not millions) of businesses who don’t? Annual leave requests for July and August (other than Christmas) significantly increase. Parents juggling childcare are usually first to hand in their requests with many colleagues soon following – simply because it’s summer! So how do…

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Reducing workplace absenteeism with five simple tactics

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Absenteeism in the workplace is a perennial problem and one which many managers and HR departments struggle to deal with. The reason is simple; when a particular employee appears to be taking liberties with sick leave, the resulting discussions can be rather uncomfortable and tricky to approach. What if they are, in fact, genuinely suffering from a reoccurring illness? What if, as you suspect, they’re taking extended periods of time away from work under the pretence of being sick? Raising issues with such employees is challenging. It requires a mix of authority and compassion that is hard to get right….

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