Absence management is the process of identifying the reasons for employee absenteeism and taking measures to reduce them. This helps in increasing morale and improves employee productivity. This is done by the means of effective time-off policies, regular one-on-one meetings and interventions by the manager, positive work culture and so on. It is also called as Attendance management in some organizations, since absenteeism (or absence) has a negative connotation.
For starters, absence management can negatively impact your company’s bottom line. According to the Gallup - Healthways wellbeing survey, companies in the US lose about $84 billion annually on lost productivity. Furthermore, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK, an employee is absent from work for 6.9 day/year, with a median cost of absence per employee being £554.
While there is solid evidence that supports the need for absence management, an aspect of absenteeism is the work disruption and negativity in interpersonal relation at work. Those who come regularly to work end up burning the midnight oil, taking the load of folks who are absent.
Absence management is dealt with differently in each organization. Here are some points to keep in mind while creating an absence management policy for your organization.
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