Employees know their absence is being recorded and monitored and this is often enough to achieve instant absence reduction.
The Bradford Factor
LeavePlanner.com incorporates the Bradford Factor, allowing you to view the Bradford Factor Scores for your employees, and run Bradford Factor reports, all at the click of a button.
The formula for the Bradford Factor is:
E x E x D = Bradford Factor Score
Where E is the number of episodes of absence and D is the total number of days absent in a rolling 52 week period.
So, for employees with a total of 10 days absence in one year, the Bradford Factor score can vary enormously, depending on the number of episodes of absence involved. For example:
One absence episode of 10 days is 10 points (i.e. 1 x 1 x 10)
Five absence episodes of two days each is 250 points (i.e. 5 x 5 x 10)
Ten absence episodes of one day each is 1,000 points (i.e. 10 x 10 x 10)
The Bradford Factor can be utilised by creating “triggers” whereby certain actions are taken when an employee’s Bradford score reaches a certain point. For example, the UK Prison Service has used the following triggers:
51 points – verbal warning.
201 points – written warning
401 points – final warning
601 points – dismissal