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Struggling with absence? It's okay. Data is on your side!

Authorby 08 November, 2013


Absence is a difficult challenge for businesses to handle, as managers need to be understanding and practical at the same time.

If it appears that some employees have a significant problem with absenteeism, it is hard to simply accuse them of a lack of commitment without the right data to back it up.

"Our records show you've taken too many days off"

Just read it back. It simply sounds right, doesn't it? When you have facts to back up your claims, staff are bound to be more open with their problems.

It's one thing being accused of having an absence problem, but having it proved is another matter altogether and is more likely to cause team members to face up to the issue.

How e-days can improve attendance

e-days collects absence data on individual employees, meaning managers can find out exactly how many days staff are taking off.
Once the number of absences becomes an issue, senior employees can call a meeting, highlight the problem with solid facts and aim to find the root of the issue.

e-days gathers information with great accuracy, removing all potential for disputes with staff. If they have an attendance issue, it will simply need to be addressed.

By using the automated Bradford Factor calculator, managers will be able to quickly identify absence trends among their staff.

As a result, all of the time usually spent debating the validity of absence claims is eliminated. Counter-arguments such as "I came in late that day", or "I was at a conference" will no longer work.

Opening up dialogue to tackle absence

Once dialogue is opened between manager and staff, the root issue of absence can be investigated and tackled properly.

It may be the case that employees are encountering personal issues at home, or they have an illness they do not want to disclose to senior members of the team.

A sensitive, diplomatic approach is then necessary from managers. Depending on the severity of the problem, it may be wise to sanction a period of leave for the person in question in order for them to return to work fully motivated.


If the absence is a result of a personal issue, confidentiality is key.

Staff may not want other members of the business to learn about the issue and it is vital to keep the information private.

Thanks to the automated sickness records generated by e-days, businesses can identify when employees have worrying absence patterns, open up personal dialogue and improve their relationship with staff.

Self-service : more productivity!

In an age where businesses see new technologies constantly emerge, it is easy to dismiss trends as nothing more than novelty gimmicks.

If enterprise owners were to adopt every technology suggested to them, it is likely they would be left with no cash and an office overflowing with hardware and installation disks.

After all, smart glasses were meant to revolutionise all our lives in 2013, but the world seemingly declined the invitation to look like Robocop.

However, self-service holiday management is a trend that is here to stay and really could have a positive impact on your workforce and your wallet. Rather than tasking employees with arranging absences, e-days can do it for you, improving productivity and eliminating the tedius job of sorting through spreadsheets.

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