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Bradford factor

The company supports the Bradford Factor tool to assess employee behavior regarding sick leave. It is based on the assumption that repeated short absences have a greater impact on a company's productivity than occasional longer periods of sick leave. Employers can use the Bradford Factor to analyze the pattern of their employees' absences and take appropriate measures to minimize the impact of unauthorized absences.

The Bradford Factor - What is it?

The Bradford Factor formula was developed to quantify how unauthorized absenteeism affects a company's productivity. It is calculated by squaring the number of days absent and multiplying the product by the total number of sick days. The aim is for employees to take into account both the total number of days absent and their distribution over a certain period of time. The Bradford Factor is used by employers to identify potential abuse in the event of sickness absence at an early stage and take appropriate action. The Bradford Factor is intended to encourage employees to manage their sick days responsibly and only use them in the event of actual illness by giving greater weight to the impact of short-term absences.

How is the Bradford Factor calculated?

The Bradford Factor is calculated by multiplying the number of days an employee is absent within a given period (for example, a year) by itself and then multiplying the result by the employee's total number of sick days. The formula is: days absent multiplied by sick days equals the Bradford factor. Possible misuse of sick days may indicate that an employee is frequently absent for short periods of time, which is indicated by a high Bradford Factor. Employers can use this value as an indication of an employee's absence behavior and hold discussions to clarify the causes of frequent absences and work out possible solutions together.

The Bradford factor in the EU and Switzerland

Various countries, including the EU and Switzerland, use the Bradford Factor as a tool for assessing absenteeism. When using the Bradford Factor, it is important that employers comply with the data protection regulations of their country, as sensitive personal information is involved in the recording and evaluation of absenteeism. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is effective in the EU, while the Federal Act on Data Protection (FADP) must be observed in Switzerland. It should be ensured that employers keep the use of the Bradford Factor transparent and respect the rights of employees. It is advisable to have clear guidelines on the management of absenteeism and to inform employees about the meaning and purpose of the Bradford

Factor assessment to avoid misunderstandings and strengthen trust between employers and employees. Tips for the efficient use of the Bradford Factor Employers should regularly monitor employee absenteeism and calculate the Bradford Factor to identify patterns and trends. To use the Bradford Factor effectively. It is crucial to not only consider the numerical value of the Bradford Factor, but also to understand the reasons for repeated absences. Employers can use the Bradford Factor to take specific actions to improve health management and employee retention. These include implementing health programs, flexible work arrangements or promoting a healthy work culture. By using the Bradford Factor as a tool to continuously improve working conditions and employee wellbeing, employers can increase productivity and employee satisfaction in the long term.