Absenteeism in the workplace is a challenge all businesses need to be ready to take head-on. Letting attendance problems slide can lead to a productivity crisis as well as spread like an infection to other employees. However, preventing absenteeism is a lot simpler than many companies realize. By implementing flexible schedules, employers can see an uptick in punctuality, productivity, and more.
Reducing Tardiness, Early Departures, and Absenteeism
Employees that work traditional nine to five jobs suffer through rush hour traffic on the front and backend of their workday. This can cause them to arrive late or duck out early to avoid it. Spending hours of their day in traffic can also lead to resentment and burnout. By allowing employees to shift their schedules to an earlier or later time, they can avoid rush hour and find a better work-life balance. Happier employees are more punctual and less likely to call out of work as well.
More Productive Employees
Allowing employees to set their own schedules gives them agency and improves engagement. Often, they get more work done than usual because they’re in a better mood and not struggling with work weariness. If your business doesn’t have to adhere to strict, traditional work hours, you can reap the benefits of improved productivity such as better workplace morale and more profits.
Recruit Top Candidates
Having a flexible schedule is a much sought after benefit and can attract top tier job candidates. Having the ability to set their own schedule can entice applicants away from the competition as well. In addition, employers don’t typically have to worry about absenteeism from high-quality applicants. This saves time and money by reducing employee turnover rates.
Making the change to flexible scheduling may seem radical to many businesses, especially if they’ve always operated during traditional work hours. However, it doesn’t have to be the scheduling nightmare it seems like with the proper tools. Contact the experts at Actec to learn more about our absence management solutions.
Cold and flu season is in full force, which means employee absences are likely to increase. One sick employee can start a domino effect of employees calling out sick and a massive loss in productivity during the final quarter. However, this doesn’t mean managers have to accept rampant disease in the office as an inevitable outcome.
Focus on Prevention Rather Than Reaction
Trying to quell germs once they invade the office is much harder than keeping them out in the first place. Stopping the spread of bacteria reduces absenteeism, improves productivity, and stabilizes office morale. The following are several steps managers can take to reduce the spread of illnesses:
- Encourage or offer company-sponsored flu shots. Flu season begins in October and can last through May. Offering to pay for the shot can incentivize employees. Make sure employees are aware of any sponsored flu shot programs by sending out emails and hanging flyers in break areas.
- Encourage good hygiene. Most people know they need to wash their hands after using the restroom but not many take their own workspace into consideration. Encourage employees to keep their desks clean and keep hand sanitizer nearby. A recent study shows that using hand sanitizer in the office can reduce preventable health care claims by more than 20 percent.
- Encourage employees to use their sick leave. Many employees try to work even when they are ill for a number of reasons. Some may feel pressured by tight deadlines while others may fear running out of sick leave. Managers need to make sure employees know the company leadership cares about their health and doesn’t want them working while they are ill. Sick workers are less productive and can infect other employees, compounding the problem.
- Invest in hands-free appliances. Employees touch several communal items throughout the day that can contribute to the spread of germs. By installing hands-free soap dispensers, sink faucets, paper towel dispensers, and more, employers can reduce the spread of disease around the office.
Taking steps to prevent the spread of germs among staff members goes a long way toward keeping employees healthy and productive. Contact the experts at Actec to learn more about managing employees absences.
December is the time when organizations create a plan for success in the New Year. As your company determines its business New Year’s Resolutions, you will want to put absence management high on the list. Absenteeism increases costs and decreases efficiency. Instituting an absence management solution now will help you increase productivity in 2016.
Efficient absence management includes:
- Having one number for employees to call to report an absence
- Understanding the number of absences by employee
- Ensuring compliance of all state and federal laws
- Having a consistence leave policy for all employees
- Aligning absence management with production needs
When a company is able to create and maintain an effective absence management policy, your organization will be able to:
- Reduce the number of absences
- Reduce the amount of time spent on absence reporting
- Determine seasonal staffing needs
- Increase productivity
- Increase retention
One way to improve absence management is to create an absence-reporting program that ensures management and human resources have up to date information. The experts at Actec can help you find a solution that will make 2016 the year you get absenteeism under control. Contact us today.