Managing Staff Absenteeism

Reducing the Frequency and Severity of Employee Absences

Seven best practices to assist employers in reducing lost time and mitigating the impact of employee absences.

Executive Summary

Although most employers have adopted absence-control initiatives, common strategies have historically proved ineffective in reducing absenteeism rates. Worse, demographic trends are likely to exacerbate absence problems. Relative to other employers, health care workers experience higher rates of short-term disability days absent, worker's compensation-related days absent, and overall hours absent. Faced with these challenges, what more can hospital HR leaders do to address ongoing drivers of missed workdays and forestall potentially greater problems in the future?

This study assists members in migrating to a next-generation absence management strategy. After an overview of current trends and "must have" policies to control absenteeism, the briefing discusses seven practices proven to assist employers in reducing lost time and mitigating the impact of employee absences.

By reading this study, members will learn how to:

  • Move beyond policies and incentives
  • Integrate leave of absence (LOA) infrastructure
  • Target organization-specific absence drivers

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