Employers find their employees absent from work because of sickness or the unexpected death of a family member, which employees cannot avoid. In these situations, employees just choose to opt out of work and it is very common for all the companies. But, if an employer finds one of his employees is absent from work more frequently, there are other reasons at play.
Although employers know that sickness is not the only cause of employee's absent on a regular basis, not many of them are looking to address the source of the issue. Excessive absenteeism can be seen when an employee faces personal problems, performance issues, unclear expectations or a poor work environment. One of the major reasons companies face a lot of absent from their employees is no HR or no system for proactively dealing and minimizing absenteeism.
Many employers give their staff a number of different types of leaves per annum. This absenteeism or excessive days of leaves can cause quite a lot of interruption, loss of productivity, profits and morale. The interruption gives colleagues, who are already at work, an extra stress and extra workload.
Absence is very hard to manage because employee absences can happen for so many diverse reasons. You should have a medical staff at your company to check whether an employee’s claims to bad health are true. As an employer, you can ask your employees to visit clinics and get a certificate. But it sounds awkward. As an employer you should also think when asking sick employees to have time off or letting them carry on and infect other employees, resulting in further sick days.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways to manage or reduce absenteeism.
Embrace a cloud-based Attendance software that tracks and reports all types of absence
Create a clear attendance policy.
Let employees know what to do when they are coming late or not coming on a particular day.
Implement employee wellness programs.
Motivate employees to get engaged when they come back from absence.
Reward an employee for good attendance.
In a nutshell, as an employer, you should compromise on a certain amount of employee absenteeism in your workplace. You can, however, use attendance software applications to track attendance and offer incentives to the employees for perfect attendance which is probably the most effective way to reduce absenteeism.