4 Common Causes for Absence that Hurt Your Company Reputation

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March 20th, 2017

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shutterstock_227384539 - CopySome causes for absence can’t be avoided. People will get sick, a relative may pass away, or an employee may become disabled. Other reasons for absence have nothing to do with sickness or injury. These are job related conditions, and if they aren’t cured they can hurt your bottom line and your company’s reputation.
Job Related Conditions for Frequent Absences
Job-related conditions include more than just an accident at work or George coming in with a head cold and spreading it through the sales department. The work environment and level of employee engagement can also determine how often your employees call in sick. These conditions include:

  • Stress and burnout
  • Bullying/harassment
  • Low Morale
  • Job hunting due to bullying, stress or low morale

These conditions are preventable and if they go unchecked your company can gain the reputation of being a bad place to work.
A Bad Place to Work
When a company is considered a bad place to work more employees will leave the organization in search of better conditions. The high turnover rate will be difficult to offset because the company will also have a difficult time recruiting quality candidates to fill open positions.
With a high turnover rate and positions that are difficult to fill, the quality of the company’s products or services will be affected. When a company’s products or services are affected, the company will suffer from customer dissatisfaction and a poor company image.
A company’s revenue, reputation and market share will be negatively impacted due to a poor working environment and high absentee rate.
Employee Engagement
Increasing employee engagement, encouraging workers to use their vacation time to prevent burnout and instituting a zero tolerance for harassment will improve company morale and attendance rate. Earning a reputation for being a company that cares will also help your organization recruit the top candidates in your industry and improve company efficiency.
And when you do need to track employee absences, contact the experts at Actec. We offer an absence management solution that will work for your unique business needs.

Three Key Opportunities to Reduce Workplace Absenteeism

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December 27th, 2016

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shutterstock_227384539 - CopyMany employee absences are inevitable, such as when an employee catches the flu. However, chronic absenteeism is another issue altogether. It disrupts the flow of work and can affect the morale of other employees. Below are some strategies for employers to use to prevent excessive absenteeism.

Return-to-Work Interviews

After a prolonged absence, employers should have a face-to-face meeting with the employee. This can help them learn more about the absences to gauge whether the employee is genuine. Having an established return-to-work process can help reduce unnecessary absenteeism as well. If an employee knows they will have to account for their time off, they will be less likely to take fraudulent sick days.

Flex Scheduling

Not all individuals calling out want to miss work. Sometimes, their life situation is forcing them to take a sick day. With the appropriate accommodations, having a flexible schedule can allow the employee to complete their work without taking leave. This could include flexible start times or the ability to work from home when necessary.

Incentivize Attendance

Positive reinforcement often yields much better results than disciplinary action. For example, implementing a reward system for good attendance can reduce absenteeism. This can be something as simple as a $25 gift card for a set period of no tardiness or absences.
Handling absences can be difficult for employers. To take the guesswork out of the process, contact Actec for a custom in-house solution to meet your business’ absence management needs.

Employee Absenteeism: Causes and Solutions

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September 13th, 2016

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employee-absenteeismNo employee can avoid the occasional illness or the unexpected passing of a family member. However, when an employee is absent on a regular basis, there are usually other factors at play. While many employers know that illness is not the only cause of employee absenteeism, not enough of them are taking steps to resolve the source of the issue. Below are some of the most common causes of absenteeism and how to start resolving them.

Childcare

When a child is sick or their childcare arrangements fall through, one of their parents will have to call out of work to address the problem. Issues of health and childcare take time to resolve, and that time is most often during the work day. To combat this issue, some companies instituted on-site daycares and programs designed to help employees find short and long-term child care.

Flexibility

Many employees desire to maintain a work-life balance but feel burnt out by the end of the week. One solution to this problem is to offer flextime within reason. Some companies allow employees to work longer work days at the beginning of the week so they can work fewer hours at the end of the week. The idea is that employees are better rested at the start of the week, but start to feel the wear and tear of work by the end of the week. By offering flexible work hours, companies can reduce employee burnout and the related absenteeism.

Illness

Sometimes, employees get sick. However, the workplace may be contributing to the cause and duration of their illness. Employees who are overworked in poorly designed workplaces experience a higher degree of stress and muscular-skeletal illnesses. Employers can address part of the issue by providing an ergonomic working environment. Employees who are stressed out about returning to long work hours after a prolonged illness may take additional sick days as well. One solution is to offer a slow reintegration. By working a reduced schedule and building back up to normal hours, employees will feel less overwhelmed.
While the above are common causes of routine absenteeism, there are many more attendance difficulties a company can face. To learn more about the causes of employee absenteeism and how to resolve them, contact us.