Flemming Poulfelt, Professor of Management & Strategy at Copenhagen Business School, explains how decision-makers can demonstrate proactive leadership in their efforts to boost productivity with Workforce Management
Mark Information's new survey: "New truths about Workforce Management" shows that Nordic companies are very concerned with absenteeism due to illness as well as with productivity.
This is a trend that we have also experienced in UK from being in close contact with many companies on a daily basis. There seems also in the UK to be a high focus on how absenteeism can be reduced and that this in itself is quite an interesting business case.
In the Nordic region, more than 85% of the Norwegian respondents indicate that they to a large or very large extent are committed to reducing absenteeism due to illness in their company.
As regards productivity, the trend is the same. More than 85% of the Swedish respondents indicate that to a high or very high degree they are preoccupied with productivity in their business. In Denmark and Norway, 90% of the respondents say that the company is very concerned with productivity.
Reducing absenteeism is a management task
Analyses show that quite often managers are not familiar with the reasons why employees are absent.
So says Professor of Management at Copenhagen Business School, Flemming Poulfelt in an interview with Mark Information. He also emphasizes that the reduction of absence due to illness is a management task and that workforce management systems should be used as a preventive management tool to initiate a proactive absence dialogue with the employees.
Management tool for faster productivity improvements
During the same interview Flemming Poulfelt illustrates how senior and middle managers can quickly implement improvements in productivity when they have real-time insight into the current allocation and use of resources in relation to plans and goals.