This blog is a re-post of one we wrote previously on our corporate Honeydew Health blog. As the subject of slackers and time keeping is relevant in light of our 2015 focus on productivity we thought we would post it here for your reading pleasure…
A blog article by Peter Honey on the CIPD website got us thinking about the importance of being on time. Peter Honey writes about high achievers who boast that they wake up before sunrise to get a head start to their day. Presumably this boasting is meant to induce admiration and set an expectation for their staff to also dedicate many more hours than contracted to their jobs. Peter Honey’s take on the subject is that if the individuals have a healthy self-esteem and are happy, they wouldn’t feel the need to play this kind of ‘point scoring game’ and tell others that they wake up at 4.30am. These bosses may also be guilty of keeping tabs on what time others arrive at or leave the office. They certainly take note of who arrives late.
Absence is a major cost to business but it can be hard to quantify just how much it costs. The total bill is partly made up of direct costs such as agency or overtime fees for replacement staff and sick pay, which are relatively easy to calculate. If you’d like to calculate your direct cost of absence, try our absence cost calculator.
The rest of absence costs are much harder to put a price tag on because they include things like staff and client retention, client satisfaction, penalties for missed SLAs, reduced productivity and, to a large extent, management time. We’ve analysed the time spent by an average manager of a team of 10 on absence-related tasks in this infographic. The results are staggering: an average manager spends 20 working days each year managing absence. 20 working days – or 1 calendar month – that could better be spent on more value-adding tasks if the absence level was lower.
In absence management, as in employee management in general, the role of the line manager is pivotal. In this article we explain why. Continue reading
At this time of year when it is cold and wet outside staying home becomes more and more attractive and employees are more likely to rack up the duvet days. Dealing with short term absences in the winter months Continue reading
Until it happens, it can be hard to envisage the worst case scenario cost of absence. These two examples show how costly one single unlucky absence incident can be. Absence can really put a spanner in the works, especially for a smaller business, if not managed properly.