Discouraging absenteeism

12 Jan

Absenteeism can impact the bottom line.

Absenteeism is a major problem among businesses, according to HR Morning. It has a moderate to large effect on about 75 percent of companies responding to a recent study by the Society of Human Resource Management. The amount of money a company loses could total something like 22.1 percent of payroll. The biggest drain on cash comes from unplanned absences, according to the study, and much of the work that has to be done for absences involves finding someone else to do the work for the person who left the company temporarily. Generally, the people who cover for someone who is gone for a day are less productive than they would be if they'd just been doing their own work.

Encouraging workers
All it really takes to get workers in the office is to keep them healthy and motivated, but this isn't always easy if the work is hard and it's the flu season. According to Forbes, there are still some ways to encourage employees to show up every day, ready to work hard and give their all to the company. 

One method that people in charge of human resource planning could include in a program is showing workers the way they impact the bottom line. In other words, get them feeling like what they do matters to the team and to the company. People want to have responsibilities, and if they feel that people are counting on them, then they will work harder.

Salary and perks are also important, Forbes wrote, but not as much as giving people challenging but doable work and having them complete assignments that build skills they can carry with them into the next job. People are generally willing to negotiate their salary, but it would be a bad idea to negotiate too hard for a low one. Give someone a reasonable amount of money, and don't let a desire to be thrifty get in the way of giving workers enough monetary encouragement to stay at a job.

Perks matter if they go along with challenging, interesting work that people would enjoy doing. One way to foster this is to give people work that is different from what they usually do. When they are performing something new, it feels like a change of pace, and this will help them grow more adept in their roles as employees. It will also feel refreshing since they won't be coming into work and doing the same thing every day.

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