Top 10 reasons to implement absence strategy to improve HR efficiencies

Staying on top of employee leaves of absence—called absence management–is a huge undertaking. Provincial and federal workplace absence policies make it complex for your Human Resources Department to ensure that employees receive support and benefits in times of need.

Integrated absence management services support employers by processing occupational and non-occupational claims; tracking employee absences; and managing workplace accommodation requests, all in one system under the same methodology. This comprehensive approach helps ensure recovery and return to work as soon as possible.

Advantages of Integrated Absence Management

There are considerable benefits when your organization integrates absence and workplace accommodation services. For example:

  1. Proactive strategy. Integration transforms absence management from an administrative challenge to a functional HR strategy that promotes health and productivity. This care-based, all-inclusive approach delivers timely help and a positive employee experience.
  2. Corporate alignment. Integrated absence management programs engender strategic partnerships across the organization and enable HR in establishing and fulfilling proactive goals that align with corporate objectives.
  3. Uniform stakeholder experience. One platform lets employees and managers report all types of absence in one place, simplifying the process and supporting timely reporting.
  4. Improved productivity. A fully integrated program immediately connects employees to proactive assistance and early intervention opportunities that promote return to work.
  5. Fiscal stewardship. Integrated absence services can reduce direct and indirect expenses because they reduce redundancies, simplify vendor management, and reduce administrative burden for HR and managers.
  6. Consistent analytics and reporting. Tracking and managing all absences on one platform gives employers a full perspective on trends and cost drivers. Consolidated data provides easier, frequent analysis and reporting, driving optimization and allowing targeted investments in prevention and risk management.
  7. Streamlined resources. Many absence tools and resources are the same. Integrating such elements into one platform lets your organization link best practices across all aspects of absence management.
  8. Efficiency. Integration eliminates inefficiencies such as complexities with new claims, mismatched platforms, and multiple contact points.
  9. Seamless transitions. If a claim type changes (e.g., a denied workers’ compensation claim transfers over to STD), the claim information can transition immediately, minimizing lost time and ensuring that employees receive ongoing support throughout their leave, regardless of the claim type.
  10. Consistent protocols. Managing return to work programs through one source decreases claim duration and improves employees’ success at returning to work.


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