Responding to Absence
Responding Effectively When Absence Happens
When you understand the causes of avoidable absence, you recognize the importance of being on top of absences from the start. When any absence happens, medical or otherwise, it is important to capture the key details right a way, and ensure policies are followed.
There are two key response strategies that can lead to an immediate and significant reduction in avoidable absence:
- Day Zero Notification
- Leak Prevention
Day Zero Notification Consistency for all Absences
One of the most effective tools in reducing avoidable absences is to start with a consistent absence notification process. Many companies have an absence policy that includes notification procedures; unfortunately, many organizations depend on their supervisors to police these policies. This puts a lot of pressure on the supervisors and rarely creates the desired consistency. The supervisors need help.
WMC has solutions that take the pressure off the supervisors to consistently capture the details in the notification process. WMC’s solutions can then ensure that information is effectively communicated to supervisors and HR staff immediately. Since this information is gathered more efficiently and guaranteed to be complete, it shifts the manager and HR effort from gathering data to taking action. Shifts can be covered to keep productivity high, time spent communicating and on administration can be minimized, and everyone can focus on getting the job done.
Besides enjoying a more streamlined and effective process, a consistent and disciplined notification process will encourage employees to be prudent in their use of your absence policies. When you increase visibility, accountability becomes easier, and abuse declines. Simply implementing a notification process like that from WMC will improve your absence management and help reduce the avoidable absences.
Leak Prevention in Absence Management
Empower your business with the ability to monitor legitimate absences and to become actively involved in assessing the situation at an early stage. This prevents absences from leaking across the threshold of casual absence, through short-term disability, and into long-term disability unnessecarily. A proactive stance means the duration of an absence can often be shortened to reduce the long-term effects on your business in productivity, cost, and administration.