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Policies, Procedures & SafeguardsJuly 29, 2014
A recent survey by Direct Health Solutions (DHS) suggests that the average employee takes just under 9 days of personal/carer’s leave each year, costing each business an average of $2,700 a year. Interestingly, a large number of employers cited short term absences as the most difficult to manage. So how can you effectively manage absenteeism in your organisation?
An interesting coincidence?
Whilst the survey shows a slight reduction in absenteeism since DHS’s last report, the amount of sick leave being taken is still remarkably close to the 10 days of paid personal leave permitted under the Fair Work Act 2009. Genuine co-incidence or are employees chucking sickies to take advantage of this entitlement?
The survey also indicates that illness and family responsibilities are key reasons for absenteeism, with a significant increase in mental health related absence, the greatest cause of which were non-work related factors.
Within the workplace, a strong link was found between low job satisfaction, high turnover and higher absenteeism. The theory being that happy workers do not take sickies. Organisations with ‘sickie’ cultures also, unsurprisingly, had higher absenteeism rates.
Key ways to manage and reduce absence
By Joanne Hall – Employment Relations Adviser
If you would like advice on how to manage employee absence, please contact Employsure on 1300 651 415.