Employee Attendance in Manufacturing

Employee Attendance in Manufacturing

Employee Attendance in Manufacturing is vital.

Why? Without workers, you have no produce.

Despite this knowledge, absenteeism is a huge challenge manufacturers face daily.

The productivity killer doesn’t just lower production, but in some cases can cease it altogether.

If you run a production line, and one of your employees who check for quality is off, the chances are you have others to pick up the slack. But if one of the employees who run the machinery is absent- this can have a negative effect across the entire line.

Unlike other industries, Manufacturing is disproportionately affected by attendance concerns since many manufacturing positions still need physical labour on-site.

Need for Attendance Software in the Manufacturing Industry:

In 2020 the average number of Manufacturing days lost to sickness absence was 5.2 according to Make UK Absence Benchmark:

Sickness in Manufacturing UK

As you can imagine, whether you are a small or large business, these absence costs add up.

The following are some of the most prevalent reasons for absenteeism in Manufacturing:

  • Sickness
  • Employee dissatisfaction
  • Childcare issues
  • Depression/mental health days
  • Harassment and bullying
  • Injuries
  • Job-hunting

The majority of these, such as injury or sickness, can’t be helped. But how can you stop or minimise the less vital days off?

Employee Attendance Software:

An Employee Attendance system, such as Employee Attendance Cloud, will allow you to analyse your employees’ working hours, whether they are out-of-office, on-site visits or more.

Thanks to department tracking, you can easily see the length of time it takes to complete certain tasks, allowing for more effective staffing and cost predictions.

Adopting business software for absence is not about punishing genuine unplanned time off, but reporting and putting the thought of absence costs in employees mindsets.

Time & Attendance systems have been proven to lessen absence issues, as calling in sick suddenly means not clocking in and out – which is linked to the timesheet and payroll.

Employees are a lot less likely to have the Monday after a big night out off if they know it will affect their absence score. Or if the score could be automatically updated and emailed to managers.

A score that could relate to end of year bonuses or gifts.

Manufacturing Software Considerations:

Understand your weaknesses.
The added complexity in Manufacturing means in some cases, 24/7/365 working hours. But with Employee Attendance software you can quickly assign individuals to unfilled shifts.

Overtime and other rules.
Manufacturing frequently comprises of several units or sites, all of which could have multiple pay rates and overtime rules. When using business software it can help automate the application of these multiple rules, saving you time and money.

Complete control
When employees are performing on-site work,  safety is clearly vital. You can track the whereabouts of all members of your team at clock in and out times. Using geolocation capabilities, you ensure that you have relevant data in the event of an emergency.

Looking for help deciding what system you need?

Employee Attendance Cloud offers your business access to a host of next-level workforce management functionality including:

  • HR & H&S Management
  • Absence Management
  • Workforce Planning
  • Time and attendance
  • Clocking in App

From just £2.19 per employee per month.

Find out how we can help you implement Attendance Management Systems for 2022.

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