Managing and Reducing Absenteeism

Employee absence takes many forms, from unauthorised absence, lateness and poor time-keeping to short or long-term absence due to illness.

Long-term, short-term, regular or sporadic absenteeism directly:-

Threatens your organisation’s reputation for reliability if absence is excessive
Strains the team and can lead to further illness or absenteeism within it
Challenges your immediate aspirations or ability to be seen as a good employer
Drains inherent knowledge – if an experienced employee is absent they can’t share their expertise and knowledge

Proactive Absence Management

Early intervention is key, and this is where Breakthrough2Performance helps. For example, we often:-

  • Find out if the root cause of absence is work-related or not
  • Confirm if the cause is covered by law (e.g. the Disability Discrimination Act)
  • Assess managers to see if, or how, they can deal with absence issues
  • Provide guidance or training on all relevant aspects of absence management
  • Obtain medical advice, reports and secure referrals
  • Carry out return to work interviews and home visits
  • Identify reasonable workplace alterations to facilitate employees returning to work
  • Where necessary, select appropriate occupational health and employee assistance programmes
  • Update your absence policies and procedures
  • Promote positive health and well-being activities

Early Intervention is Key

Employee absence creates workplace pressure and tension that impacts performance and often your ability to meet customer deadlines. It damages employee engagement along with the morale and well-being of the wider team. If early signs are beginning to show in your organisation, or if you’re concerned about absenteeism, contact us for a free consultation with a seasoned expert.