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Holistic approaches to absence management help businesses reduce costs, modernize HR policies, and enhance efficiency to increase productivity, employee management, investments, and returns. Revamping your organization’s absence management strategy can play a significant role in this process and help to realize cost savings.

Absence management services incorporate technology and tools to track and monitor absence to provide a global view of performance. A clear strategy defines specific objectives and practices that align with corporate goals, and you can start to develop one with these steps.

  • Set measurable, viable goals: Determine where your organization wants to go and how to get there in terms of tactics, investments and expected return. Align all these targets with organizational goals to optimize success. At ReedGroup, we implement tech-driven absence management strategies to simplify absence tracking and monitoring of employees for our clients.
  • Align with strategic objectives: Continue to upgrade and update organizational policies and procedures to support your employees and align your absence program with organizational goals.
  • Communication tools and resources: Effective communication improves morale and productivity, so adopt tools and develop resources to support employees and simplify the process when an absence occurs.
  • Targeted, functionally based, early intervention: Provide employees with support as soon as an absence occurs. Early intervention and evidence-based support help to shorten absence duration and improve return-to-work success.
  • Quarterly monitoring, with as-needed process and protocol adaptations: A comprehensive dashboard gives an overview of absence costs and overall performance and helps to set financial forecasts.
  • Manager and HR training: Everyone who administers an absence program needs to understand their role and impact. Provide periodic training to managers and HR to increase engagement and improve results.
  • Change management plan: Sharing targeted communications about growth, leadership changes, work policy changes, and new strategies shows stakeholders how the organization is adapting, how it impacts them, and how it improves stability. When discussing change management plans, include analytics that show program performance to help stakeholders understand the impact and significance.
  • Governance framework: Goals must be realistic, sustainable, and achievable within specific timelines. Ideally, measure at consistent intervals, capturing data down to department or location levels.

Defined, aligned absence management is key in helping to achieve your organization’s success. As they continue to become more complex, it is even more critical to establish an integrated model with a defined strategy. An initial organizational audit takes time but is valuable in ensuring a successful rollout of an absence management program that meets your needs.

Want more information on improving your organization’s absence strategy? Contact ReedGroup at Contact_Us@ReedGroup.com.


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