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How to measure absenteeism

POSTED ON 8th May, 2019

Accurately measuring the true rate of absenteeism may sound simple, but many organisations get it wrong. Be clear on what information you need in your absenteeism statistics, and validate the calculations used to produce an Absence Rate, or Days Lost Per Employee per annum. The most recent surveys conducted by DHS has found that 40% […]

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Absence Management – How to reduce absenteeism by 20%-40%

POSTED ON 8th May, 2019

At DHS, we have assisted hundreds of organisations in Australia and New Zealand to implement best practice, evidence based absence programs, that have, on average reduced absenteeism levels by 25%. An absence management strategy is a complex interaction of process, reporting systems, management action and employee behaviour, not to mention workplace culture and engagement. Through […]

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Managing Absenteeism Guidelines

POSTED ON 8th May, 2019

Guidelines for Managing Short Term Absenteeism By Lucy Rowlands, Chief Organisational Psychologist Short term absenteeism is the most problematic absence behavior to manage. Alongside standard return-to-work interviews, clear guidelines should be established about when to first commence your investigation of frequent short-term absence. What is short-term recurrent absence? Short-term recurrent absence refers to repeated, frequent […]

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Absence Management & Wellbeing Survey Report

POSTED ON 7th May, 2019

We are pleased to release our latest Absence Management & Wellbeing Survey results for Australian organisations. In 2017, employee absenteeism rates increased from 9.5 days to 9.7 days per employee per annum, an increase of 0.2 day. The median was 9.3 days per annum. Employees in the private sector took on average of 9.5 absence […]

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Outsourcing Absence Management Trend

POSTED ON 31st December, 2018

Outsourcing absence management programs is a rapidly increasing trend due to the high levels of absenteeism in Australia, the associated costs and the impact on employee health and organisational culture. Internal resources spend far too much time dealing with absenteeism, and are seeking additional support to alleviate admin, provide improved reporting, and ideally, support worker […]

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Absence Management Essentials

POSTED ON 11th December, 2018

The annual cost of sickness absence has climbed to almost $30 billion for Australian organisations, according to a survey published recently by Direct Health Solutions. Here is some practical advice and guidance for HR and line managers on managing sickness absence. The most common problem survey respondents reported was recurrent, short-term absence. Challenge For the Manager […]

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