While an employer always wants to ensure they are maximising productivity from their staff, ideally they will want to achieve this without adding an unnecessary amount of stress to employees, making the success sustainable. This was highlighted further by the article I came across: “5 ways to reduce workplace stress.” (https://www.managementtoday.co.uk, 2018)
It states that: “When under stress, a quarter of employees are less productive, 11% take sick days and 7% go as far as to look for new jobs altogether. In other words, absenteeism, staff retention and health. And it’s an issue that businesses cannot afford to ignore.”
The would reinforce the point that while maximising your return on investment from your employees is going to be important to any business owner with aspiration, doing so at the risk of employees health is neither logical or moral. The article highlights a number of ways that employer can address this, combat stress and ensure that a work-life balance is achieved.
The article highlights the following 5 things can be influential in managing this:
- Make sure all employees have regular one-to-ones with their managers. It helps to address anxieties around work performance before they turn into broader issues.
- Give employees access to freebies such as fresh fruit and salary sacrifice schemes for anything from childcare to gym membership. You’re improving health and addressing financial stress all in one. It’s win-win!
- Introduce flexible working. It’s a great way to counteract long hours and to help your people balance work and home responsibilities.
- Remember to say, ‘thank you’. It’s amazing how much impact this one phrase can have on your organisation’s culture.
- Download the full report from Perkbox to find out more about how you can help build a healthy, stress-free and productive workforce.
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. Our solution also seamlessly integrates with the majority of Access Control Manufacturers hardware, more information on those we currently integrate with can be found Here.
The solution allows you to: Electronically plan your staff rotas more efficiently, produce over 150 Time & Attendance reports, Monitor lateness, absence & break times, Calculate employee work and overtime hours as well as exporting accumulated hours to any payroll system or excel spreadsheet to match these up against the relevant pay rates.
With reference to the article being discussed specifically, our solution Rota Horizon is helping over 400 clients across all market sectors with reference to their Workforce Management and Staff Planning approach. From the list the system can help with 1 and 3 as the others don’t actually require the assistance of software in fairness.
Having regular one to ones for exactly the suggested reason is great idea to maintain high morale and ensure that staff are feeling reassured in their job role. It is here they can feedback whether the workload is manageable or if they need managerial assistance in achieving their tasks. These one to ones can be scheduled in Rota Horizon where management will be prompted to ensure they take place and notes are logged following it taking place.
With reference to Flexi Time this can be calculated within Rota Horizon. The attached picture highlights how the system records Core Hours and Bandwidth Hours against an employees profile. This means that as highlighted in the picture that while the employees core hours are between 10:00 and 16:00 they are able to make up the remainder of their contractual obligation between 8:00 and 18:00
Employees will be able to view their balances to understand what hours they have remaining to complete their contractual obligation, or if they have exceeded it can be stored as a positive Lieu balance if necessary to be used as authorised absence at another time.
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