5 min read | 13 May, 2021 By Breathe Australia
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way businesses need to manage employee absence (and health), now more than ever. According to data collected by Direct Health Solutions (DHS), Australia’s largest 24×7 telehealth nurse contact centre, up to 50% of employees across the country are experiencing heightened levels of anxiety on return to the workplace which has resulted in spikes in absenteeism in some industries.
Finding the best way to handle absence and leave is instrumental in the success of your business, health and morale of your employees as well as preventing extreme absenteeism. One solution for this is absence management software. It helps businesses manage holiday requests, sick days, and all other types of leave, while providing a deeper understanding of leave-related trends or issues.
Another important factor of employee leave that businesses need to consider is how much a sick day can cost a business. DHS found that on average, each sick day costs an Australian company approximately $350. Remember though, that the actual cost will of course depend on the situation and the salary of the sick employee. Plus, the cost could also be more for smaller businesses when there are less employees to take on the extra work.
Leave management encompasses the processes, software and resources that a business invests in to help employees and their HR teams manage, approve and track leave applications.
Absence and leave both refer to time an employee is away from work when they are generally expected to be working. The main difference between absence and leave is that ‘absence’ is a term usually used to describe sudden time away from work, where businesses use the term ‘leave’ more when referring to an employee’s time away from work that has been planned.
When setting up systems to monitor and analyse the time your employees take off work these are the seven most important types of leave you need to consider:
Poorly managed absent employees can affect everything from staff morale to productivity. An effective leave management solution will help you handle employee requests for time-off fairly, efficiently and properly so that your business runs smoothly while your employees recharge, recover, or attend to family. Beyond that, these are the four main reasons that having good leave management practices in place is so important for your business:
Breathe’s easy-to-use leave management software makes leave management simple and stress free. It gives you the power to better understand your absence record, identify absence problems, and set about resolving them.
Our software records and stores all information regarding employee absence and holiday entitlement. Your team can access this data from any device, so there’s never any misunderstanding of their available leave and total allowance.
Posted on 13 May, 2021