06 Feb Eradicate Employee Absenteeism with TAMS Human Resource Solution
Eradicate Employee Absenteeism in the Workplace with TAMS Human Resource Solution
Employee absenteeism is the intentional or habitual absence from work. While employers expect workers to miss a certain number of work days each year, excessive absences can equate to decreased productivity and can have a major effect on company finances, morale and other factors. Just as a Doctor’s absence poses threats to the life of a patient or patients during in a life-threatening emergency, so also is the effect of employee absenteeism to an organization.
Employee Absenteeism can be caused by many factors, the situation is nevertheless new to organisations and several panaceas like the TAMS Human Resource Solution is what many organisations have employed to eradicate this problem.
Causes of Employee Absenteeism
Causes of absenteeism in the workplace can be grouped into two…
- Burnout, stress and low morale: Too many workloads, stressful meetings/presentations and a feeling of being unappreciated can cause employees to avoid going to work.
- Children and eldercare: Employees may be forced to miss work in order to stay home and take care of a child-elder when normal arrangements have fallen through or if Child/elder is sick.
- Depression: This is one of the leading cause of absenteeism.
- Disengagement: Employees who are not committed to their jobs. More likely to skip work simply because they have no motivation to go.
- Illness/Mental health
- Lack of job satisfaction
- Boredom on the job
- Poor working environment
- Poor supervision and inadequate leadership
- Low level of staff motivation
- Personal problems such as financial, children etc.
- Workload and stress
Ways TAMS Human Resource Solution can eradicate Absenteeism in the Workplace
1. Create Attendance Policy
Formalize the organization’s expectations for attendance by writing an attendance policy. Include in the policy the definition for being tardy and what constitutes excessive tardiness or absenteeism.
TAMS Human Resource Solution has an attendance policy which integrates with the payroll in order to penalize lateness and absenteeism. This policy then becomes a measure of good performance.
2. Set Clear Attendance Expectations
Excessive absenteeism can be caused by a number of things – personal problems, employee performance issues, lack of clear expectations or a dysfunctional work environment. Share the attendance policy with employees as part of the new employee orientation process and discuss what your expectations are for attendance.
Also discuss how to notify the organization, and who the employee should contact, when they will not be coming to work.
Employees should know and understand what is acceptable by the organization when it comes to unplanned absence. They should know specifically how many times of missing work crosses a performance line and what the consequences will be for excessive absenteeism.
For example, the employee performance appraisal form should have a dimension for attendance.
The shift Management module would calculate the total expected work hours and day of employees juxtaposing it with days and hours eventually worked by employees for a specified period
3. Reward Good Attendance
Some organizations reward good attendance by giving employees a bonus for having no unplanned absences in a 12 month period. And, when attendance is incorporated into the annual performance appraisal process, employees can also see rewards in the way of merit increase.
Another approach is to provide adequate paid time off so employees have the option of planning for absences by using a predetermined bank of hours.
Lastly, TAMS Human Resource Solution rewards good attendance from the metric generated from punctuality and productivity ambassador initiative. Such employee can also be celebrated when productivity complements the good attendance with the TAMS Ambassador initiative.