Build A More Engaged Workforce With Employee Absence Management

Sick employee

Do your employees take time off? (Rhetorical question: of course they do!) Everyone takes time off, which is why absence management is so critical in workforce management today.

Employees take time off for a variety of reasons. These can include everything from planned vacations to unplanned emergencies. And each of these different reasons has its own unique challenges.

For instance, planned vacation time is often for a longer duration. This, in turn, can make waves in your scheduling process or create coverage gaps that require temporary help.

Emergencies are also challenging. When an employee calls in sick or has a problem with transportation or child care, it can throw a wrench in your planned schedule. Honestly, it’s enough to keep a manager up at night or in a bad mood long after they’ve clocked out.

Absence Management

Absence management is the process of managing employee time off. This is important for several reasons. First, stability during employee absences is critical to maintaining ongoing service. Additionally, improving your return-to-work success rate helps you save on training and hiring costs.

The thing is, these absences cost money. In a workgroup of 15 employees, a company will lose 105 days of productivity each year. And there’s more… Lost productivity due to workforce disruption can – and does – impact profits. When employees cover for an absent co-worker, extra effort results in lower efficiency.

But what if you had a system to create and install an effective absence management plan tailored to your business? Our workforce management solutions include tools to collect and measure absence data. Managers can use this data to improve absence plans and refine communication protocols.

With Southland Data Processing, you have access to the tools you need to build an effective absence management plan. How? Here are three ways our system can help you build a more engaged workforce:


SDPTime allows you to track employee attendance. Measuring employee attendance is the first step in gathering important data.


SDPTime allows you to view insightful reports. There are even options to export data for external comparison in a spreadsheet. Reports give you an overview of absence trends, troublesome employees and seasonal swings.


Using SDPTime can help you better understand the causes of absence. Collecting and analyzing data will give you a basis for more effective planning.

What do you think?

How do you manage your employee time off? Comment below to let us know! Whether planned or unplanned, SDPTime gives you tools to measure, analyze, and plan your schedule. If you’re looking to improve employee engagement, reduce sick days, and save money in lost productivity, ask us about SDPTime today! Curious how much you could save? Check out our user-friendly ROI Calculator.

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