Work Smarter

Work Smarter

Smart means planning to succeed: a tailored HR plan, managing your risks and making the right decisions first time. Working smarter saves you time, money and rework.

Grow Stronger

Grow Stronger

Strength is your growth foundation: right people in the right roles and a culture of high performance and low maintenance. Growing stronger equals success... and more time for you to enjoy it.

Move Faster

Move Faster

Faster is better with smart speed: an engaged, confident and capable workforce achieving more in less time. Moving faster means first to new customers and new opportunities.

Work Smarter

Work Smarter

Smart means planning to succeed: a tailored HR plan, managing your risks and making the right decisions first time. Working smarter saves you time, money and rework.

Grow Stronger

Grow Stronger

Strength is your growth foundation: right people in the right roles and a culture of high performance and low maintenance. Growing stronger equals success... and more time for you to enjoy it.

Move Faster

Move Faster

Faster is better with smart speed: an engaged, confident and capable workforce achieving more in less time. Moving faster means first to new customers and new opportunities.

Managing absenteeism in the workplace

A recent call from a client on managing absenteeism in the workplace reminded me of an Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) report titled “Absence Management”. Sponsored by wellness provider Synergy Health, the report highlights trends in workplace absence levels, causes of absence, and how the effects of absence are felt in workplaces.

A total of 533 respondents from AHRI’s member database returned answers to the survey. Responses were treated anonymously. Key findings of the report include:

  • average number of unscheduled absences each year per employee: 8.8 days
  • private industry average: 7.4 days
  • not-for-profit sector average: 9.8 days
  • public sector average: 10.8 days

The most common reasons given by employees for short-term absences:

  • minor illness
  • family/carer responsibilities
  • recurring medical conditions

More than 50% of respondents report at least one of the following factors contribute to unscheduled absences in the workplace:

  • low levels of employee engagement
  • a culture of sick leave entitlement
  • poor leadership style and management practice

While 64% of respondents believe unscheduled absence rates in their workplace are too high, 79% report their workplace doesn’t record the cost of absence. Around half of the responses indicate HR professionals consider non-genuine absences (e.g. ‘pulling sickies’) to be a moderate (37 per cent) or serious (10 per cent) problem in their workplace.

AHRI’s infographic summarising key findings of the report is available here.

There’s both tactical and strategic options employers can take to reduce unscheduled absenteeism. At Bare Bones Consulting we look at workplace challenges from angles our competitors don’t and we specialise in identifying low cost or no cost options to find better HR solutions. Why not give us a call to see what we can do for you? Excessive absenteeism costs you money. Any improvement in managing absenteeism adds up to a better bottom line for you…and for your employers who have to take up the slack.

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