We all know that the common cold, flu and stomach bugs are behind many employee absences, but there are many other things that make workers call in sick on a regular basis.
It is only when an employer has robust methods of recording the absences, that they may start to recognise the cost. Well Working Matters have developed a Cost of Absence tool to help employers understand how much each period of absence costs them.
It is important to see how the interventions employers undertake can affect these costs. Reducing the length of time an employee is away may mean that temporary staff are needed for shorter periods, overtime needed for fewer staff, and importantly valued staff are back to the job they were employed to do sooner.
Where employers do undertake the methods described, they see big differences to their staff morale, their own bottom line costs and productivity.