So today brings yet another train strike for Southern and thousands of people will struggle to get to and from work. This is the 29th strike in this dispute and it seems that a resolution is still a long way off.
So here are our top 5 tips for managing attendance during these types of untoward incidents.
- Ensure you have a clear policy regarding absence due to travel interruptions, adverse weather, family emergencies so all employees know what to do and what options are available to them in these circumstances.
- Flexibility goes a long way on days like these. If you are able to then allow people to work from home or change their hours in order to maintain productivity. Again a work from home policy would be a useful addition to your handbook.
- Ensure that those who aren’t affected by the strike are afforded the same flexibility and empathy on occasions where they require this.
- Plan in advance where possible e.g. if you have scheduled a team meeting on a day where travel is difficult look to rearrange it, change the venue or perhaps utilise other means of technology e.g. video or telephone conferencing facilities.
- Work with your employees to come up with solutions. Could they group together and share a taxi to work or car share. Remember if you fund transport such as taxis this can be seen as a taxable benefit so it’s worth bearing this in mind.
For further advice or the drafting of any policies get in touch today.