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Is stress a main cause for absence in your organisation?

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Employers are always looking to ensure that their Workforce is fit and healthy so they can be at optimum productivity when they are on shift. As a result, anything that can prompt any form of absence, employers will look to be proactive and look to try and stop before it’s happened.

I came across the article: “Three in four UK adults feel overwhelmed by stress: expert’s ways to cope.” (Jack Marshall, 2018, www.pendletoday.co.uk) Stress can be one of the biggest causes of employees being absent from work and is something that a forward thinking employer can do the research to address.

The article states: “Employers have a responsibility to create a work environment where employees feel able to be open and honest with their manager,” explained Dr Mark Winwood, Director of Psychological Services at AXA PPP healthcare.

“Equally, managers need to feel confident to have a conversation with their employees about how they are and whether they need any support. “A manager asking simply ‘How are you feeling today?’ shows they care,” he added. “It is also essential that managers can reassure employees that it’s okay not to feel okay and they should feel able to let the employee know about support available to them in the workplace and how to access it.”

So even if Directors and Senior Management were to look to their staff as resources providing Return on Investment, this return will be longer and greater if stress is considered. While appraisals and communication are effective in ensuring that employers are well, other tools can be used to measure an employees contribution so it cabn be recognised when they are perhaps doing too much.

So how does this apply to us here at Thinking Software?

For those of you not familiar with us here at Thinking Software, we have developed and support our Enterprise Time & Attendance solution, Rota Horizon.

It provides you with the perfect Workforce Management tool to accurately record and monitor employee attendance, make staff planning far easier and communicate employee hours with any form of Payroll Software.

Rota Horizon also seamlessly integrates with the majority of Access Control Manufacturers hardware, more information on those we currently integrate with can be found Here.

With reference to the article being discussed specifically, as a company here at Thinking Software we are always keen to understand when there is discussion in current affairs when it comes to employee working hours. In this particular case it highlights the fine line employers have to find in ensuring they achieve maximum productivity without overly exerting their staff.

Rota Horizon has the potential to understand whether staff have completed too many hours in certain periods that could lead to this type of absence. The contracted Hours Report highlights the number of Hours Completed by staff in a time period against their contractual obligation, so if significant overtime has been worked an employer can recognise their contribution and suggest a break.

The Planned vs Actual Report highlights when they were scheduled to work against when they actually came and went. again if this highlights extreme anomalies this too can be a useful tool to suggest the employee has more time off or is allocated a greater break allowance to ensure their health isn’t effected.

The point that is made from this is that communication with staff as an employer is key and can resolve the majority of issues before they’ve even happened. However tools like Rota Horizon will also provide suggestions that can help improve company culture to keep staff fit and healthy, while maintaining business productivity at the same time.

So if you feel you could benefit from a Time & Attendance solution then please do call us on 0800 854 471 or drop us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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