At this time of the year with sickness bugs going around you need to make sure you have a full team in force and not absent.
When we talk about office absence, we usually think about people just not showing up at work for the whole day. This, of course, is the most concerning form of employee absence. But it’s not the only way in which absence takes form. Employees might be taking longer breaks. They might be turning up late or going home early. Heck, someone can be sitting right at their desk and still be “absent”. We tend to see all of these problems as independent of general absenteeism.
You know stress is bad, right? It makes you ill and eventually leads to an early death. So you should be doing your best to make sure that employees aren’t placed any consistent stress. They’re going to get burned out real quick if you keep stressing them out. Don’t just assume that stress is going to come naturally with the work territory. Alleviate it when possible.
Considering late hours
People need to have a good work-life balance. A lot of business owners make their work their life. They then seem to think that their employees are okay with this approach to their own lives. Here’s what you need to remember: most of your employees are there for the paycheck. They want to work for eight hours and go home. If they have to stay late all the time, then not only is the work being mismanaged, but they’re also going to start looking for another job. Something that will give them more of their life back. Which they’re currently trying to accomplish by being absent from work!
Working from home
Letting employees work from home can work wonders for your business. It definitely helps them with any of those work-life balance problems! In fact, this is something that can benefit the business owner, too. If you’re setting up a new business and don’t like the idea of working from home? There are resources out there that can help you retain a strong appearance when teleworking. Visit this website for more details.
A lack of engagement is a common cause of employee dissatisfaction. If they don’t feel like they’re valued at the workplace, then they’re going to disassociate from it. I’m not saying that your average employee is some needy, attention-seeking entity. But if you don’t take steps to assess their value, then they will eventually drift away. Make sure you’re giving them feedback and paying attention to their progress.
Ask them what’s wrong
At the end of the day, you’re not going to know precisely what’s going on unless you ask them. If they’re consistently absent, don’t immediately go for hardline solutions. Have a serious but compassionate talk with them. Ask them what’s going wrong and if there’s anything you can do to help. A willingness to see things from their side and work towards a solution will help them open up.