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Staff Absence: How Can I Tackle It?

Many UK businesses don’t related HR Services with reducing staff absence.   Instead they  look at staff absence as just ‘one of those things’ that happens and something that they simply have to cope with on a day to day basis as it occurs.

Did you know that over the last five years, the average staff absence rate in the UK has actually varied between 3.8% and 4.4% and that these average rates of staff absence equate to 7.4 days of lost productivity per employee, per year?

The cost of that lost productivity will vary company to company but on average that coupled with the direct costs associated with staff absence equates to a loss of approximately £922 per employee, per year.

At EmployEasily HR Services Scotland we help our Clients to reduce their costs and protect their businesses by providing cost-effective HR Services that include designing and implementing staff absence policies and procedures aimed at delivering a positive return on investment.

When we look at tackling staff absence for our Clients we look at a number of things but the most important thing we look at is what their current HR Management strategy is in relation to staff absence.

In circumstances where we have helped our Clients to reduce staff absence, we have implemented the key foundations necessary to effectively manage staff absence on an ongoing basis including:

  • Good HR strategy, policies and procedures including absence measurement
  • Line manager training and staff communication
  • Confronting poor attendance
  • A Review of Sick Pay Scheme
  • Return to work interviews
  • A Review of occupational health support
  • Fairness, flexibility and the working environment
  • Preventative measures

With these key components in place, businesses are able to effectively measure staff absence, identify the root causes of staff absence and correctly manage staff absence in a way that will deliver reductions in staff absence and improvements in staff productivity and morale ultimately delivering cost reductions and improved profit margins.

If you’d like more information on how effective HR Services can help you to reduce your costs and manage your staff absence issues more effectively call visit the main EmployEasily HR website or call us today, locally in Glasgow on 0141 572 8427 or from elsewhere in the UK at a local rate on 0845 642 2009


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