As I am sure you are aware, absence management comes very high on the HR list of challenges. Handling the short term absentee can be particularly problematic, as the employee has little or no idea of the impact caused to the employer: inconvenience, extra costs, other employees morale etc. Most employers have systems in place for identifying repeated short term absence including:-
- Frequency (ie: only Monday and/or Friday)
- Causes given for the absence
- Lack of certification
- ‘Bradford Factor’ score
When a ‘trigger point’ is reached then company policy usually takes over, be it an informal meeting, disciplinary procedures or seeing an appointed medical professional. Any of these may add to the employee’s dis-ease. Obviously early intervention is desirous.