Keeping PTO Abuse and Absenteeism at a Minimum
As the summer months approach and people are looking forward to taking vacations with their children and families, many employers begin to notice that many more of their employees are taking PTO or simply calling out of work. While the desire to spend time with their family is understandable, it causes some issues inside the workplace.
Addressing the problem of having too many people out of the workplace at one time is something that should be begun as soon as possible. There are a number of ways that a company can work with the employees to prevent excessive PTO use and high rates of absenteeism.
Increase Satisfaction with Job and Company
Many employees will often call out due to their increasing unhappiness with their specific job or the company as a whole. If an employee is not happy or is bored with the job that they are doing, they are not likely to put in any effort towards their job that would benefit the company. Or if the employee has trouble understanding the current policies in place regarding time off and how to properly request it, they are more likely to simply call out.
Fortunately, there are ways of handling these issues. The first thing that should be addressed is the policies. It is critical that all employees understand how these policies work to their benefit. There should also be programs in place to help the employees feel appreciated and as if their dedication to the company is appreciated. These programs can come in the form of compensation incentives, employee recognition and other similar programs with the intention of increasing employee morale.
Provide Additional Incentives for Working Hard
While improving an employee’s regard for their job and for the company is any important step, it cannot stop there. When an employee performs well at their job, there should be incentives that reward that employee for their dedication and hard work. That also applies to PTO. If an employee does not abuse their time off or the PTO systems and policies, they should be rewarded for their loyalty.
By rewarding an employees’ hard work and their attendance, you are reinforcing the feeling of accomplishment in the employee. You are also letting that employee know that their dedication to the company is appreciated and is noticed. That small change can mean a great deal to the employees who would otherwise feel as if the work that they are doing is being ignored or going unnoticed by their management.
Be More Flexible with the Scheduling
If your company is extremely rigid with when and where the employees are able to work, there may be more occasions where your employees call out of work. By changing the available schedules as well as where your employees are able to work, your amount of call outs will likely decrease dramatically.
You can open up your schedules in a number of ways. You can allow employees to work four days with ten hours each day instead of working the typical five day weeks that the majority of employers offer. And depending on what type of jobs your employees do for you, you can open up the option of working from home one or two days a week.
Watch the Balance of Assignments and Projects
It is important to be careful not to assign too many projects or assignments to any one employee. The workload should be spread out as evenly as possible among all of your employees. This will help prevent potential burn out in any of your employees. This will also help prevent any of your employees from feeling as if all of the work is being laid at the feet of just one or two employees.
There are many known reasons that employees call out of work excessively. These call outs can negatively affect the productivity of the entire workplace as well as drop morale for those employees that do not normally call out of work. By taking some of these preventative steps, you can drop the call out rates and excessive PTO by a large amount. This is good for the business as a whole as well as for all of the employees.
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