Absence management is a top concern for firms when researching a new workforce management system
While the demand for highly-efficient time and attendance systems and workforce management solutions is still on the rise, most companies across the UK seem to be struggling when it comes to finding a solution that perfectly matches their specific requirements, data from a recent market survey has been able to reveal.
Employee absences cost UK employers a massive £31.1bn per year, according to PwC, so it is no surprise that 47 percent of survey respondents indicated that they would prioritise absence and leave in evaluating a new workforce management solution.
Of the top absence management challenges cited, 55 percent of respondents indicated that a lack of real-time communication inhibits their ability to manage employee absences. Limited knowledge of absences makes it even harder for managers to find replacement workers in a timely and cost-efficient manner.
While many organisations rely primarily on overtime to fill the gap, others call upon contingent workers or simply go without. The cumulative impact of these approaches often leads to excessive labour costs and diminished productivity.
In addition, UK employers have a duty of care to their employees. Yet, it can be difficult for employers to balance this responsibility against meeting business objectives, especially when they suspect that employees may be taking unearned time off – another trend evident in the survey results. In fact, nearly half (44%) of respondents cited absence abuse as a top concern.
Workforce management technology ensures long-term productivity
Tensor plc is a market leader in the employee management systems’ segment. We supply an extensive range of systems designed specifically to help HR departments record accurate data regarding the employee’s activity, their performance, as well as their attendance.
Our flagship WinTA.NET integrated workforce managementsolution incorporates a dedicated Absence Planning and Entitlement Management feature.
WinTA.NET is a web enabled, mobile / wireless technology based Time & Attendance system designed for those companies employing 20 people to 10,000+. The solution provides total control over the creation of working rules, Access Control, Job Costing and System Security and has specifically been designed for multiple companies, each managing multiple sites.
Our comprehensive, yet user-friendly software comes pre-loaded with graphical calendar charts that provide a colourful way of viewing an individual’s or a department’s absence records.
Each employee can be allocated different entitlements for absence such as annual leave or allowed sickness. As absence is booked and taken, the remainder available for each entitlement is updated. Entitlement formulae are used to calculate more complex entitlements calculated on a rising scale based upon length of service.
WinTA.NET supplies the relevant managers with information on employee’s absences through warning email notifications or via hardcopy reports. After that, the system would rapidly identify missing employees that are expected to be at work and then informs you via automatic email reporting reports distributed by email.
If you’d like to find out more about the Tensor workforce management solutions, just contact our team or Book a Demo, we’ll be more than happy to answer all of your questions and queries.