4 easy steps to manage staff absence during the flu season

4 easy steps to manage staff absence during the flu season

When autumn arrives, the days get shorter, the temperature drops and rainy days increase. With the change in the weather also comes an increase in sickness. 

In fact, autumn is statistically one of the sickest times of the year. As our user data* shows, there is an upsurge in sick leave during autumn following a summer dip. 

If you’re managing a team, how can you prepare for this season?

Evaluate: Look at data from last year to identify trends and patterns in sickness. Look out for peak periods of sickness, as well as the most common sickness types.

Act: Use this insight to support your decision to take preventative measures. For example, many companies introduce an optional flu shot whilst others become more lenient when allowing staff to work from home.

Measure: Make sure all absence data is logged to accurately measure the impact of preventative actions. Track difference year-on-year and identify issues with specific individuals using Bradford Factor scoring.

Implement absence management automation: Implementing absence management software is a great way to ensure 100% of absence data is logged. This gives you full visibility of staff sickness and reduces sickness absence through stringent monitoring – meaning less likelihood of staff pulling ‘sickies’.

aCloud TeamSeer is an absence management system brought to you by the Access Group. Proven to reduce sickness levels by as much as 25%, TeamSeer records 100% of sickness absence across your entire organisation. Try it today and see how it could benefit your business.


 *Data taken from an anonymous survey of aCloud TeamSeer users (2015)