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Four easy ways to reduce absence

May 3, 2018 6:57:00 PM

Controlling absence is tough - especially if frontline managers fail to apply absence policy consistently and instead keep defaulting to approaches that ‘work for them’.

The Level platform gives your team the tools they need to manage absence easily, accurately, and fast.

1. Help people to get back to work

When someone is on long-term leave, return-to-work management can be complex and costly but it is important for both employer and employee that the right processes are followed. That involves keeping accurate records, staying in close touch, planning how to help employees return to work, and supporting them to stay there.

The Level platform makes all that simple by collating the information required and automating the steps that need to be taken.

2. Be consistent and treat people like individuals

It makes a big difference to workplace morale when managers apply the absence management policy fairly and consistently, and at the same time, take an employee’s specific circumstances and history into consideration.

The risk of defaulting to a personal preference for handling a particular situation is two-fold: employees may not be treated equally, and due weight may not be given to individual circumstances.

Level Absence Management helps managers follow the right approach for different situations by guiding them through the necessary steps, in accordance with HR policy, and providing access to records to inform quick and fair decisions.

3. Support employees with mental health issues

Mental health is a growing contributor to absence, costing UK businesses . Sometimes the problem stems from working conditions: an unfair workload perhaps, or an issue with bullying. It is important for managers to try to pinpoint any underlying cause, monitor wellbeing, and follow-up with the employee at the right times.

Level Absence Management guides managers through the correct process to make better, more informed decisions about individuals struggling with a mental health issue.

4. Make it easy for team members to report in sick

Enabling employees to report in sick via an application on their smartphone ensures the business receives timely and accurate information about absence.

Implementing a self-service absence system also means staff members do more of the administrative tasks themselves, easing the burden on managers.

The Level application gives employees 24/7 access to the services they need, from any device, anywhere.

Cognitive automation provides an easy way for employees to report absence, and book time off. Mobile self-service applications enable members of staff to do these things without having to approach a manager or HR representative, which not only saves time but also may be particularly useful for employees with mental health issues.

Cognitive automation helps make absenteeism absent.

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