Absenteeism in the workplace costs the UK over £10 billion a year and is a major hindrance to productivity and morale. As a Human Resources professional, it’s important to address the issue in a manner that is both effective and respectful of employee rights. Here are some tips on how to reduce absenteeism in the workplace:

  1. Establish a clear attendance policy. It is important to establish a clear attendance policy that outlines expectations and consequences for excessive absenteeism. Make sure the policy is communicated to all employees and that they understand the consequences of not following the policy.
  2. Monitor attendance regularly. Track attendance of employees on a regular basis and address issues as they arise. Make sure that employees are aware that their attendance is being monitored and that they know the consequences of excessive absences.
  1. Invest in employee engagement. Employee engagement is an important factor in reducing absenteeism. Investing in activities that help employees feel valued and connected to the company can help reduce absenteeism.
  1. Address underlying issues. It is important to address any underlying issues that may be causing an employee to miss work, such as medical issues, job dissatisfaction, or personal matters. Providing employees with resources to address these issues can help reduce absenteeism.
  1. Offer incentives for good attendance. Consider offering incentives for good attendance, such as gift cards, extra vacation days, or other rewards. This can help encourage employees to come to work and be productive.

Following these tips can help reduce absenteeism in the workplace and help create a more productive and positive work environment. It is important to remember that reducing absenteeism is a process and should be monitored regularly.

If you need further advice or support on this or any other HR issues, please get in touch with Lisa or Tracy on hello@farsighthr.co.uk