Re-Engage, Reduce Absenteeism

We are all familiar with the unengaged employee. You know, the one that arrives late, turns on his computer, takes a coffee break, works for a bit, takes his official fifteen minute break, works a little more, takes an extended lunch and so on, until he leaves early. While a few minutes here, and an unplanned day off there might not seem to affect the workplace that much, the repercussions of absenteeism can quickly accumulate.

The most instantaneous effect is a decrease in the amount of work produced. Not only is the employee giving himself less time to complete his work, but he’s also potentially diminishing the quality of the work he is doing by rushing to complete it on tightened deadlines. This employee is now behind on work, and requires other employees’ help in order to stay on track. The morale in the office decreases, as the top employees have to pick up the slack for the unengaged employee.

While all of these soft costs are important to bear in mind, there are also more tangible costs we can equate to absenteeism. According to Forbes, “unscheduled absenteeism costs roughly $3,600 per year for each hourly worker and $2,650 each year for salaried employees.” These costs, which include wages paid to absent employees whose time was not tracked, employees working overtime to pick up the slack, or temporary employees filling in the gap, costs of disciplining the unengaged employee and staffing to fill the position, coupled with other soft costs can deflate a business.

The question becomes – how do you engage this employee, help him take pride in his work and reduce absenteeism? One solution is automated time and attendance.

  • Tracking, and awareness of time keeps employees accountable for the time they are on and off the clock
  • The ability to view other teammates schedules in stratustime – and request time off with this knowledge empowers the employee
  • stratustime allows the employee to take control, creating autonomy for the employee, and the manager to quickly approve or deny requests with all employees’ schedules in view

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