One key ingredient to success in the workplace is to ensure that staff consistently attend work. As an administrator, you can positively and proactively encourage attendance by communicating with staff, keep records to identify trends or trouble spots, and promote health and wellness with your staff.
UBC has attendance management programs for CUPE 116 staff and CUPE 2950 staff. Contact your HR Advisor with specific questions.
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Share information with your staff about your standards for attendance and expectations about the employee’s responsibility regarding attendance and absenteeism. Employees are responsible for making sure they call their supervisor to report absences, attending to personal business outside of business hours, and scheduling medical and dental appointments outside of work hours, if possible.
Increase your staff’s awareness of the importance of being at work regularly and consistently, and how their attendance relates to their contribution to the success of your team.
Acknowledge good attendance and coach employees who are having difficulty with attendance to find solutions.
One way to decrease the use of sick time and encourage attendance at work is to promote health, wellness and safety in the workplace. In some cases, absenteeism may be a symptom of something else going on in an employee’s life.
UBC has supports in place to promote wellness, both for individuals and organizations:
If you need support with attendance management, contact your HR Advisor.
Keep accurate records of your staff’s attendance. With good records, you will be able to see if there is excessive use of sick time, and be able to spot any patterns of absenteeism.
UBC is committed to managing absenteeism. In coordination with department Administrators, we collect data on paid sick leave taken by staff.
Currently, the University does not have the technical capability to report sick leave on an individual basis through HRMS. Human Resources relies on departments and faculties to report their data (requested by employment group and month).
UBC HR compiles data on sick leave usage and uses it for the following purposes:
See UBC HR’s Attendance Management FAQ for more information on reporting sick leave statistics.