Workplace absenteeism is an issue all businesses need to manage. Levels of absenteeism that employers have to deal with are sometimes affected by extraordinary or unforeseen events, such as COVID-19. Whatever the external circumstances or influencing factors might be, you need a plan to manage absenteeism. This becomes particularly important when the number of people taking unscheduled time off escalates to the point that it's having serious consequences for your business, such as missed deadlines or falling employee productivity.

skilled talent when you need it most

First and foremost, you need the right capacity in your workforce to keep your core business running and achieve vital objectives, such as hitting deadlines for client delivery. If absenteeism is disrupting your fundamental processes and putting customer outcomes at risk, you need to be able to respond quickly and acquire the staff and skills you need to maintain productivity. 

We can help by giving you instant access to a vetted and reliable talent network. When you're already struggling with diminished capacity, you don't have the time to source and evaluate staff who can come in at short notice to fill gaps in your labor force. Handing over this process to a trusted, experienced HR company will save you time and ensure that you're getting people who have been thoroughly checked and assessed before being recommended to you. 

workforce management made easy

Fast and responsive staffing is crucial when you have a short-term need to boost labour capacity, but it's just as important to have a clear view of the resources already available in your workforce and a plan to make the best possible use of them.

A top priority should be to ensure that you're always able to fill your critical roles essential to the day-to-day running of your company. Always having staff in reserve who can do lower-priority jobs when you're sufficiently resourced, but can also step in and take on key tasks when absenteeism is high. It's also important to have a plan in place for positions that demand specialist training or niche expertise that could be difficult to find in the labour market.

a holistic approach to your workforce

When absenteeism starts to become a serious problem for your business, you need a solution. You're likely to find that effective management of this issue doesn't come down to a single method or approach, but a range of tactics that come together to deliver positive and lasting results. It's important to carry out workforce management and scheduling in a way that ensures you're making optimal use of available skills and resources at any given time, but you also have to be ready to hire qualified, reliable workers when you need them.

You need to be proactive in your efforts to engage with your employees and get to the root causes of why it's becoming a problem. This should place as much focus on subjects like staff wellbeing, engagement and job satisfaction as it does on core HR processes like workforce scheduling and recruitment.

We can support you at various stages of your mission to manage absenteeism, from hiring flexible workers when they're needed to boost capacity in your workforce, to optimizing your resource planning, scheduling and training to help your existing staff reach their full potential.

if you'd like to learn more about how we've helped other companies like yours tackle absenteeism, you can read a case study about a global logistics company that turned to us after high absenteeism led to missed deadlines and unsustainable overtime costs.

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