Unscheduled absences are costly to business
Managing attendance problems often means tackling possible causes of absence, such as working patterns, job design and employment relations. This can also include addressing discipline problems such as lateness and poor time keeping. If issues arise, they can often be dealt with informally by the line manager in the first instance.
People are absent from work for 3 main reasons.
Unauthorised absence is normally the "odd day off" when employees give no reason for the absence. Whether paid or unpaid this type of absence can be costly to an organisation as it is unpredictable. Absence of this kind may eventually lead to disciplinary action.
How to minimise absence and lateness
In addition to carrying out effective return to work discussions, there are workplace issues that can be addressed to minimise absence. These include the quality of management, working relationships, job design, employment relations, communication of information and flexible working arrangements. In addition, if workers know that absence will be noticed and investigated, they are less likely to take time off work without proper cause.
Dealing with absence or lateness
Authorised absence and lateness can be dealt with by: