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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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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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Absence Management Expert Panel

POSTED ON 22nd April, 2019

On 21st November, 2018 Paul Dundon and James Matteson (Partner at Bartier Perry Lawyers) ran an Absence Management Expert Panel, with 140 attending the webinar in total. The webinar took a deep dive into the burning issues around absence management, current trends and better practice, and the legal landscape. The key take outs covered: Current […]

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Managing Absenteeism Guidelines

POSTED ON 8th April, 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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How to measure absenteeism

POSTED ON 8th March, 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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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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