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Tis the Season for Increased Absenteeism Rates

Posted by Mairead Walsh on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

With the season of Christmas parties, boozy lunches and festive drinks upon us, many organisations will experience increased “sickies” this month.  Did you know that the cost and disruption of short spells of absence and questionable "sickies" is often far greater than for occasional, longer periods of absence? This is why more and more organisations are using The Bradford Factor to discourage and tackle short spells of absence. 

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The Bradford Factor is often used due to the fact that it, both proactively discourages unnecessary absence in the first place, and it uses set procedures to identify and tackle persistent absenteeism. The Bradford Factor measures the number of absence incidents and the duration of each incident to compute an absence score for each employee.

Evidence from industry suggests; that the higher the score, the more disruption the employee’s absence is causing an organisation. It is important to bear in mind if using the Bradford Factor that it is only one method of looking at absence and may not be appropriate for all organisations. The scores act best as a trigger to prompt line managers to investigate a case further. If you would like to read more about the Bradford Factor, you are very welcome to download Softworks Free Guide. 

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Topics: Absenteeism, Bradford Factor