Technology – alleviating the absence management headache - A Cascade HR White Paper


 
By Rosie Green , Head of HR at Synergy Housing, (FCIPD)
 
It cannot be ignored that the UK is experiencing a significant absence problem, for instance CIPD statistics revealed that the median cost of
absence per employee in 2011 was £673.
 
Yet some organisations are experiencing even greater difficulties. In April 2011 Rosie Green, head of HR at Synergy Housing, reported that her organisation was recording 12.96 days’ average absence per employee per year, significantly higher than the 7 day ‘norm’ for organisations of Synergy’s classification.
 
Synergy’s annual absence cost of £472,000 (£1,350 per employee) could not be sustained. Nor was it fair for dishonest or unnecessary short-term absences to continually heighten the pressures and workloads imposed on present employees, thus affecting their morale and wellbeing.
 
Rosie knew something had to be done therefore she began to carefully develop and roll out a distinct absence management strategy that saw Synergy save an impressive £285,000 in only one year.
 
This document details Rosie’s journey. She shares her personal experience and advice to help other organisations prepare for the challenges and maximise the successes they can expect to encounter, before sharing her ideas to further strengthen Synergy’s absence status in future.
 
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