Job satisfaction is believed to be related to both absence and labour turnover. An employee who is bored or unhappy with the job is much more likely to be repeatedly absent or to leave the job.
How to manage restaurant staff to reduce absence and labour turnover?
Some businesses have found that they are able to reduce their absence and labour turnover problems by reorganising jobs to provide more satisfaction for employees.
Experience shows that absence rates can be affected by:
Your management presence can have a tremendous impact on how comfortable your employees feel on the job. Are you too abrupt? Are your decisions about staff matters consistent or are you erratic and unpredictable? Are you too lenient? What is the atmosphere like in your business?
Physical working conditions
Are temperatures comfortable to work in? If people have to work in extreme temperatures, do you provide appropriate protection and clothing? Is the working place as clean and well organised as the operations allow? Is there enough space for each worker?
Is the pressure of production unreasonably high? Are there enough rest periods to allow highly pressured workers to relax? Is the pace too slow?
You may need to be more flexible in your arrangements. For example, would some of your staff appreciate a four-day week or flexible working hours?
The employee may lack interest in the job, or may not need to earn a full salary to meet personal commitments
All of these factors need to be considered carefully and sensitively if you are to uncover the reasons for your absence rates.
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