Absence in the workplace can be very harmful to a business. Not only will it cost you money but also slow production, and in long-term cases can add additional work onto other members of your team, leading to poor morale and retention. The good news is there are some ways you can manage and minimise workplace absences, reducing their impact on your business. Read on to find out what they are.
A smart way to minimise and manage workplace absences is to reward attendance. There are a variety of ways you can do this, and it’s best to pick the one that suits your company the best. For example, you may wish to incentivise your team with vouchers that increase the longer the time that goes on when they do not take a sick day. Alternatively, you may wish to reward them with an authorised paid day off, which they can use in any way they see fit.
Encourage Employees to Take Care of Their Health
One way that can help you significantly reduce workplace absences is to do all you can to encourage your employees to take good care of their health. There are many ways you can do this including providing corporate gym membership, as well as on-site provisions such as yoga, meditation, and healthy snacks.
It also makes sense to provide corporate health screening to your workforce as well. This is because by offering screenings you will be able to help your employees catch any health issues when they are still relatively minor, which means they can be proactive about getting the treatment or making the life changes they need. In turn, this means healthier employees and so less sick days.
Implement a Call-in-Only Policy
If your employees have to call in and talk to HR every time they want to take a day off sick, they are probably much less likely to take a day off on a whim. However, if they are allowed to text things become much more informal and open to abuse.
Offer Flexible Hours and More Holidays
Sometimes employees will call in sick because they have other responsibilities that clash with work. For example, a parent might want to go and see their child in a school play. If a business does not offer flexitime, then this may force that parent to take the whole day off sick. However, if they can make up the time on the other days of the week, your company avoids the absence altogether as you still get the same number of hours worked.
Additionally, providing enough holidays is also vital if you want to minimise absences in the workplace. This is because many employees will have to take holidays to cover things like medical appointments or therapy sessions, and this will deplete the time they have to take a proper break and relax. Something that can impact their health, stress levels and productivity in the workplace. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to be generous with any holiday allowance as this will pay dividends in the long run.