So what’s the alternative to using the Bradford Factor?
Rather than relying too heavily on the Bradford Factor, a good HR strategy takes a more considered view of staff absences. The goal is not to punish people for being absent - but to create an environment where employees both don’t want, or need, to miss time from work.
As we said earlier, it could be that recurring, short-term absences are being caused by something that the employer can help with - something that a simple return-to-work interview could uncover. Maybe the employee is a new parent, for example, and their absences would decrease if they could work more flexibly.
Charlotte Philip, Human Resources Consultant
“Rather than relying on the Bradford Factor too heavily, a more effective, personal and kind alternative is return-to-work interviews, whereby you speak to your team members upon their return to work about their situation and find out if they need any support or help from the business. This approach is also more effective in identifying and exerting pressure on malingerers."
If you are running a small business then the prospect of looking after absence management and conducting back-to-work interviews can seem daunting. It is yet another task to cram into the working day, and managing those records only increases that workload.
This is where a system like Charlie comes in handy:
Automatically record, approve and deny absences and time off on one secured platform, accessible at any time
Head to your Charlie dashboard or activate notifications on Slack from Charlie to find out who is off ill or away
- Pull in-depth reports on your team’s time off to stay abreast of holiday use and track absences.
Get notified when a team member hasn’t been using their holiday, so you can encourage them to take a break.
By freeing up your time from needless admin, you’ll be able to spend more of your day talking to your employees and finding out what they need to perform at their best.
If you want to find out more about how Charlie can help you keep on top of staff absences, improve staff performance, and save you time, then you can try it for free here.