How to Implement an Attendance Management Program

Posted on

November 29th, 2016


shutterstock_174875483Absence management is a difficult task for Human Resources. Navigating habitual absences and conducting investigations can be cumbersome and awkward for all parties involved. By having an attendance management program (AMP) in place, employers can take the guesswork out of the process. Below are crucial components that any AMP needs to succeed.

Define Absence

An absence may seem cut and dry, but not all habitually absent employees are the same. Some absences are not the fault of the employee, such as inclement weather. For the sake of the program, make it clear which absences count for the purpose of the AMP.

Innocent and Culpable Absences

Continuing with the above, employers need to distinguish the cause behind the absence. The cause of the habitual absences can determine the best course of action. For example, an employer would handle an employee who calls out every Friday for seemingly unconnected reasons very differently from an employee who called out for a week straight due to a documented illness. Classification can help employers establish their approach to managing various types of absences.

A System for Tracking Absences

Employers need to ensure they have a way to monitor and track absences. The system should be able to distinguish the difference among paid sick leave, unpaid sick leave, and so on. By being able to review employee attendance, employers can notice patterns or find answers to their absence-related questions.
Implementing a workplace AMP can help employers manage attendance and reduce habitual absenteeism. However, implementing such a program can be difficult. For a custom solution to address your company’s absence management needs, contact Actec.