Bradford factor

Help manage short term sick absences

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Short-term absence effect

The Bradford Factor is a simple formula to help you manage short term sick absences and determine when these have become excessive. The calculation for the Bradford Factor (B) is Number of Occasions Sick (S) x Number of Occasions Sick (S) x Total Number of Days Absent (D).
Source: Employment Law Clinic

No-one is quite sure who first came up with Bradford Formula analysis, but it has been used since the 1980’s to measure short-term absence. Short-term absence can be disruptive in both manufacturing and service environments. NB: The rota and scheduling functionality in our system enables managers and supervisors to respond quickly to unexpected absence to re-plan resourcing.

Tick boxes and absence definition selection allow you to specify exactly how you want the Bradford Formula to be implemented in your organisation. Date selectors or rolling year, as well as other date range options are available.

You can set a trigger score, if the score is reached records appear on the report indicating that it may be an appropriate time to arrange a discussion meeting with the employee. It can be used in back to work interviews and as part of annual performance reviews.

Bradford factor

NB: Where there are issues with an individual employee’s performance, this analysis should ideally be used in conjunction with other feedback and supporting information.

I also use the Bradford Factor report to track employees who are regularly absent for short periods of time. This helps me to identify possible problems with individual employees with recurring health issues.

Reporting Bradford Formula