How to Reduce Absenteeism In Your Workplace
Absenteeism costs businesses billions of dollars each year. This is whether it is due to illness, injury, turnover and health care issues. What can you do to reduce these expenses? You need to work on finding ways to reduce the chances of absenteeism at your business. Here are some tips we go from Cornerstone Consulting to consider doing.
Observe your workplace conditions. Take a survey of your employees. Look to see how motivated your employees seem to be on the job. Ask them how they feel about working for you. Do they seem to be excited about doing their job every day? Are they happy to be part of a supportive team?
Find out how they feel about the workplace. If employees feel shut out, underappreciated or if they do not have enough challenging tasks to work on, they could find excuses to call in sick. They could genuinely fall ill due to stress or other problems on the job. If they are experiencing problems at home, too, these illnesses or problems could be more serious.
In fact, if your workers are under-stimulated or feel overlooked, they may not focus when they are on the job. This could lead to an increase in injuries or worker’s compensation claims. All these add up to greater incidences of absenteeism.
Once you have an idea of how the employees feel, you can set about fixing the problem. If it is a sense of feeling underappreciated, now is the time to start boosting morale. Have a meeting. Let everyone know that they are valued and that you are actively working to improve the workplace environment to reflect this. You might set up a special lounge in your workplace where employees can unwind during the day, enjoy complimentary beverages, play games, or even get free massages or yoga lessons.
These might seem like a strange way to reduce absenteeism, but if employees feel nurtured or otherwise cared for when at work, they may experience less burnout, less boredom and less dissatisfaction. They will have more of a reason to remain on the job and committed to producing for the company.
When a company sets up a wellness program, it is often a great way to stop absenteeism in its tracks. Yoga lessons or massages are excellent incentives to help everyone stay well at work. Do not forget about mental wellness, either. When employees feel they have an open door policy when it comes to discussing problems, they are more likely to feel supported and more likely to want to stay on in their position rather than leave, creating higher turnover and absences.
Implement an absentee tracking system. This will help you notice when unplanned absences occur. Usually, these happen on Mondays and Fridays before or after long holiday weekends. It could be in your firm’s interest to offer these as paid days off. It provides an incentive and a morale booster to your workers, and it keeps unplanned absences to a minimum.
Reducing absenteeism may involve a financial investment. It is an investment that will pay you back in large dividends in both productivity, employee retention, and revenue.