When you’re thinking about the wellbeing of your employees it’s essential that you have a good understanding of certain key metrics. These metrics should be associated with your employees’ behaviours and interactions with your business. Later this data can be analysed and interpreted to assist you when managing your employees’ wellbeing.
In this article, we’ll explore the different related metrics and the ways in which you can surface the relevant data to help you understand your employees’ behaviour when managing wellbeing.
Monitoring Employee Wellbeing Based On Attendance
Recording absences within your business is incredibly important as absenteeism can have a huge cost on your business. But it’s not just about recording the dates of the absences but also the reason for absences. This is one of the traditional and maybe the most effective ways to get an indication of your employee’s wellbeing.
For example, the data may show a recurring theme of stress-related absences. You can use this data to try and help your employees better manage their stress levels and mental wellbeing.
Or, if you observe a number of your employees taking time off to deal with family emergencies, you can use this data to provide possible solutions, such as flexible working.
You can use spreadsheets to monitor when you’re employees are in and out of the office, but you can say time and money by implementing absence management software. Get the right piece of software and you’ll be alerted to absence trends in your business before you even recognise them yourself.
Monitoring Clocking In And Clocking Out
As a business owner, you’re used to wearing many hats in your business, but when you got into the business you probably didn’t expect yourself to be acting like a teacher, taking a register to check your employees are in their chairs when they’re supposed to be.
Of course, understanding when your employees are actually working is important, especially for those employees who have roles where their productivity is more difficult to manage.
Checking in on when your employees are working can also significantly damage their morale and ultimately lead to disengaged employees, who could go on to develop workplace wellbeing or even mental health issues. But there are things you can do to get around these potential pitfalls.
Instead of taking a register in the office in the morning or getting your employees to email you to say they’re working or perhaps getting them to drop you a text when they’re at their desk, you can always use technology to start managing the process for you.
Proximity cards (AKA prox cards) started to become commonplace in the 1990s and they are still found used with a huge number of applications. Today we largely see prox cards used in physical access control and identification systems. Often you’ll see them in office blocks, with all employees being given a prox card.
There are other kinds of clocking in and clocking out systems that you might want to consider, such as app-based tracking, facial recognition, access codes etc. However, proximity cards have proven themselves to be one of the best ways to manage the flow of employees in and out of a building.
Using this kind of system also gives you a greater deal of peace of mind as employees can only go into areas they have permission to go into, meaning you can secure your assets as required.
It is the ability to track when your employees are in the office that gives you information about the performance and wellbeing of your team. For example, if a member of the team is consistently late for work you can check with them to see if there is a problem. You might also see a change in when people are starting and leaving work and you may be able to speak to management so they can intervene before an emerging pattern becomes a problem.
Monitoring Employee Churn Rate
All businesses with employees will have a churn of employees. A member of staff may be with you for a few years and decide to leave because they want to retrain in a completely different sector, but when you have employees constantly leaving to find similar jobs for more or less money you are going to need to think about the reason why.
High staff turnover can negatively affect your existing staff members’ wellbeing, your workplace culture, as well as impacting your bottom line.
There are many inevitable reasons why people leave their job, such as relocating. However, more often than not, people leave their job because they are not happy.
By prioritising the health and wellbeing of your employees, your team will feel valued in the workplace and will be more inclined to stay. You will be able to retain your brightest sparks whilst reducing staff turnover.
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