7 Trending Absence Management Articles

by | Sep 28, 2015 | Blog, Thought

7 Trending Absence Management Articles

From paid sick leave to more expansive parental leave policies, absence management has been a trending topic of late. Here are seven articles on the subject that we’ve seen trending on Twitter in recent months:

  1. The Most Ridiculous Excuses for Skipping Work – Peppered with entertaining absence excuses, it’s easy to see why this article written by Susan Adams for Forbes’ Leadership blog is so highly shared. Yet amidst the humor, Adams makes an excellent point about paid sick leave: The lack of pervasive paid sick leave policies in the U.S. means that a large number of workers still go to work when they’re sick, because they have no other choice.
  2. Meditation may prevent absenteeism by stressed public servants, MPs claim – Posted to The Guardian, this piece by reporter Robert Booth explores the benefits of training public servants in mindfulness meditation, which include stress reduction and lower absence rates among participants. It’s a good reminder that effective absence management isn’t just about how you respond to absences; it’s also about preventing them.
  3. How to Deal with an Employee Absence Surge on Mondays and Fridays – Posted to Undercover Recruiter, this blog post by Shiva Shadi focuses on a common absence abuse trend: extending the weekend to include Mondays and Fridays. As a fix, she recommends conducting return-to-work interviews with absent employees. Yet this practice can be intimidating for some, and can even have a negative impact on employee morale. We recommend creating paid time off (PTO) policies that include automated tracking with absence management software, so you can spot trends quickly and save the “tell-me-again-why-you-were-absent” conversations for the true offenders.
  4. How an Employee’s Absence Can Bring Your Team Together – Senior Contributing Editor Norm Brodsky explains how to turn traditional thinking about employee absence on its head. Instead of depending solely on contingent workers, use the absence to transform workplace culture by giving remaining workers the chance to work overtime, gain new skills, and be part of a team that’s committed to helping one another and pressing on during periods of increased intensity.
  5. The Collateral Damage of Microsoft’s Paid Sick Leave Plans – Written by Inc. Senior Writer Jeremy Quittner back in March 2015, this post explores the potential repercussions of Microsoft’s ground-breaking policy on mandatory paid sick leave for its contractors’ workers—a policy the federal government will soon require, as well.
  6. Illness not the biggest cause of employee absenteeism – This article, written by Emma Crawford Hampel and posted to Business in Vancouver, advises employers to consider stress as a reason why employees call in sick when they’re not actually “ill.” While communicating clear absence management policies is essential, it is equally important to create a workplace culture that supports employees’ health and work-life balance.
  7. Steps to a Successful Absence Management Program – Posted to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)’s Benefits section, this article by Stephen Miller outlines four essential steps in developing effective absence management Along with clear communications around taking leave and returning to work, Miller advises organizations on the importance of accurate and easily accessible absence reports—something we’ve incorporated into our own absence management software.

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