New research from Jelf Employee Benefits has found that a quarter of British small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) 23% do not have an absence management system in place.
Although 69% of those questioned do have an absence management system in place, 75% reported that it was not providing them with sufficient absence or health data.
Physical and emotional wellbeing issues are becoming an increasing problem and three-quarters (76%) of those surveyed are concerned that employee absence levels are likely to rise.
Iain Laws, managing director of UK healthcare at Jelf Employee Benefits said: “This is a missed opportunity as many of the sixty-nine per cent above may have an absence management platform in place but no process for taking advantage of the outputs.”
Proactive absence management
A time and attendance system integrated with absence management functions enables managers to proactively plan and manage staff absences around their workflow.
By highlighting to managers in real-time when workers are absent from work across the entire company, employers can implement absence management policies and ‘back to work’ with consistency and manage the entire absence period.
This means employees are treated fairly and enables managers to identify any underlying medical conditions or issues at the earliest opportunity and offer support to employees.
By controlling every stage of the absence period employers can ensure productivity levels are maintained at all times with paid and unpaid leave accurately administered.
Proactive management of staff absences is critical to business performance and can minimise impact.
Placing emphasis on the individual and their return-to-work can deliver benefits to organisations by reducing the duration of absences, the administration costs involved, and in turn the cost of absences.