Reducing costs is one of the most important priorities for most organizations. And what many leaders fail to remember is that opportunities to save on costs should be directly related to evaluating employee absenteeism. To reduce the number of employee absences at your organization, it’s important to understand the driving factors affecting absences in the first place. Once you’ve identified the factors predominately causing your employees’ absenteeism, you can then be proactive in developing initiatives and solutions to combat the issue.
Three Way to Reduce Employee Absenteeism
Track Employee Absences
One of the first steps to reducing employee costs is by carefully tracking employee absences. Remember that paid leave is associated with financial liabilities and that all absences should be accounted for, including sick time, vacation time and personal time. This is to ensure that your employees are not abusing their sick time or exceeding their number of allotted days off.
Implement Employee Wellness Programs
Many research studies show a direct correlation between employee wellness programs and productivity. Organizations with robust wellness programs typically experience less employee absenteeism, as these types of programs improve employees’ physical and mental wellness. In addition to reducing the number of sick days taken, wellness programs give employees the tools and resources to maintain a healthy lifestyle while also improving organizational culture.
Reduce Workplace Stress
Work related stress causes hundreds of Americans each year to take days off simply because they are overwhelmed or burned out. Though reducing your employees’ stress levels is easier said than done, you can take steps within your organization so that employees feel comfortable talking to their managers about issues causing them stress or anxiety. Establishing an environment of open communication will naturally reduce work-related stress for your team and give them an outlet to express freely their thoughts or concerns.
No matter the size of your organization, addressing employee absenteeism should be one of your top priorities. By showing an interest in your employees’ health and well-being, you will have a direct impact on their ability to not only be present at work, but perform at a high level.
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