Monday, 19 August 2013

What is the Bradford Factor?

The Bradford Factor is a measure that combines absence frequency and duration measures to identify an employee’s irregularity of attendance. It is a way of illustrating how frequent short-term absences may cause more disruption to an organisation than occasional long-term absences: the higher the ‘score’, the worse the disruption. It is calculated using the following formula:

How to calculate the Bradford Factor:

  • S x S x D=Bradford Factor
  • S is the number of spells of absence of an individual over a given period; and
  • D is the total number of days of absence of the individual over the same period. 

 It is widely accepted that, used effectively, the Bradford Factor can reduce absenteeism by serving as a deterrent and a method for tackling persistent absenteeism: Studies have shown that by educating staff about the Bradford Factor, and then showing them their score on a regular basis, absenteeism can be reduced by over 20%.

This is largely down to staff understanding that taking the ‘odd’ day off here and there will quickly multiply their Bradford Factor score. The Bradford Factor places a value on the impact of the absence which an employee can clearly see, this can serve to deter absenteeism.

To see how the Bradford Factor is automatically calculated within Activ Absence Control why not book your no obligation online demonstration below... 


Monday, 12 August 2013

How do you develop an absence strategy? Here’s what we suggest…

Ensuring that you get a grip on your staff absence may seem like a daunting task, however it will make a big difference to your organisation in the future.

Ensuring that you staff are aware that their sickness is being monitored will help cut down on short term absences (i.e. Monday mornings and Friday afternoons) 

The most common and effective way of implementing an absence strategy is by setting some "trigger points". For example, if someone has had 3 separate episodes of sickness a meeting will be arrange with HR. Another could be if someone is off on long term sick, regular contact is prompted to ensure a quick, simple and smoother return to work process.

All of the above sounds great but naturally will take time and effort to put into action if you are using Spreadsheets, paper based forms and a wall chart in the office.

Activ Absence Control is an online absence management system that gives you the visibility of absence facts and figures, so your organisation can truly understand the direct and indirect costs of planned and unplanned absence. Get the most from your absence data with a complete set of absence reporting and analysis tool such as trigger point alerts and built-in Bradford Factor scoring, enabling you to practicably manage individual cases of absenteeism.

We also understand that the cost of implementing something like Activ Absence Control may seem too much for your organisation, so in order to help you see just how much implementing a solution like ours can save you money, try our Cost of Absence Calculator...
If you would like to see just how easy it can be to set up trigger alerts for your organisation using Activ Absence Control, we can do this with our online demonstrations. Just click the button below and leave the rest up to us!
We look forward to hearing from you! 

Monday, 5 August 2013

Peak time for annual leave...

A very popular song at the moment for lots of employees is ... "we're all going on a summer holiday..."

This leaves many organisations struggling as it's peak time for staff to take their annual leave.

  • How are you managing at this busy time of year?

  • Do you have a clear idea off who's off and when?
  • What if you had clear visibility of staff availability across the company?

When it comes to managing your employee holiday entitlements, in our experience one size doesn't fit all.

Activ Absence  is an online absence management software system that enables you to flexibly manage holiday entitlements and sickness absences in the way that suits your organisation best.

Part-time employees working hours and leave entitlements can be configured and automatically calculated quickly and easily in Activ Absence.

The ability to create a specific HR policy for any group of employees that defines the standard criteria used to calculate entitlements is available at your finger tips. This includes the ability to define the employees working hours, organisations carry over policy or length of service increments, so you don't have to worry or forget about managing the calculations.

This works really well when there are mid year joiners or leavers meaning that Activ Absence Control takes away the headache of working out the right calculations for you every time. 

Get the insight your business needs to manage absence effectively.

Configure, holiday entitlements for employees as you require, enabling you to manage different entitlements based on seniority, length of service, country location or carry over rules.  Automatically calculate employee holiday entitlements based on the rules you've defined, their start dates, working hours and working patterns. During the leave year, if an employee’s working hours change, Activ Absence Control automatically calculates the new entitlement, saving you time and ensuring consistency and accurate information.

We're not against staff holidays, we just want everyone to enjoy the summer!