Absenteeism is an inconvenience to be expected. The stuff of life – whether it’s sickness, injury, family demands or personal issues – will inevitably interfere with work schedules. One employee out sick for just one day can pose hurdles to small business owners. When absences become excessive or extensive, the effects can take a toll on productivity, morale and the financial health of a business.
This three-fold path can help in managing absenteeism in the workplace.
The best way to manage absenteeism is to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
It’s helpful to review with your staff company policies for paid and unpaid time off as well as family and medical leaves. When it comes to the normal work day, a standard absence policy clearly communicated is essential. Apply it consistently to ensure you’re not confronted with complaints of favoritism or discrimination and include sufficient detail to prevent misinterpretation. For instance:
To manage employee absenteeism and minimize its cost to your business:
Insurance companies such as The Hartford offer workplace safety and absence management services to their policyholders as part of their workers’ compensation or disability insurance contract. If you have a workers' compensation policy with The Hartford, you’ll also find a wealth of information on The Hartford's Loss Control website .
Contact your insurance agent for further information. If you don’t currently have an agent, you can find one in your area using The Hartford’s small business agent locator .
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), April 25, 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/businesscase/reasons/productivity.html , viewed on 11/20/12.
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