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Use of triggers in managing absence: 2012 XpertHR survey

Author: Charlotte Wolff

Absence triggers used in attendance management procedures are more likely to result in employers beginning a dialogue with employees than punitive actions, such as disciplinary procedures or dismissal, the latest XpertHR research finds.

Key points

  • Trigger points generally relate to specific absence levels.
  • Eight employers in 10 use absence triggers as part of their attendance management system.
  • Only one in 10 does not believe that the organisation uses their triggers effectively.
  • Triggers are most likely to be based on the number of absences taken by an employee (used by 75%). Exactly one in five uses the Bradford formula.