Absenteeism in the workplace costs the Australian economy $27.5 billion each year, according to a 2013 survey by absence management company Direct Health Solutions. The same survey found that over four-fifths of employers believe that 10% to 25% of sick leave is not genuine.
Taking a ‘sickie’, as it is colloquially known in Australia, costs employers in:
- Higher-cost replacement workers
- Administrative costs.
One of the biggest reasons people call in sick when they’re not is disengagement. Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace report found that half of all workers are disengaged at work. While the report was based on American workplaces, a similar situation exists in Australia.
But how do you develop engaged employees? How can you help your people emotionally commit to your organisation and be an ambassador for your business? Clarifying expectations helps – giving your people the information they need to:
- Know what they’re working towards
- Embody your organisational values
- Develop and master their roles
- Demonstrate appropriate behaviour.
At Learning Seat we create tailored online inductions and off-the-shelf compliance courses that will help you do just that. Drawing on best practice for adult learning and digital education, our courses are framed around learning objectives that are outcome focused and will lead to measurable change in the workplace.
Help us help you boost your staff engagement and reduce absenteeism; contact us for more information on 1300 133 151.