Employee absenteeism is a significant issue costing more than $35 billion in wages and lost productivity per annum according to Randstad. Some employees may be regularly absent while others may only be absent due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances.
1. Implement an attendance policy
Crafting a reasonable policy may encourage employees to follow its principles, thereby reducing general absenteeism. The policy should include timelines and processes your business will follow when employees are absent. The policy may require a Medical Certificate to be provided. By creating this policy and sharing it to all employees, awareness of the business requirements will improve and streamline processes when employees are absent.
2. Continue to share and discuss the attendance policy
3. Monitor absences
4. Address instances of absenteeism as they occur
Any absences by employees should prompt a discussion about their circumstances. For prolonged absences, employers should ensure to promptly schedule a meeting to discuss the reasons for the absence. Further, according to Davidson Morris conducting positive return-to-work interviews with employees can reduce absenteeism and aid in transition back into the workplace.