The Bradford factor

The Bradford factor

What is the Bradford Factor?

The Bradford Factor is a formula that allows businesses to implement an acceptability scale to unplanned employee absences (i.e. sickness, appointments, childcare).

The Bradford Factor helps you to track repeat absences, which have been proven to have more of an operational impact than long-term sickness.

If you know an employee is off for a while, you can plan. However, if they don’t show up or have a last-minute emergency, planning goes out the window, and often a business is left short-handed.

In cases where you need a set number of employees for production or health and safety reasons, tracking these absences and setting when it becomes an unacceptable amount of absence, is vital.

How can you calculate the Bradford Factor?

The Bradford factor is calculated using the Bradford Formula S2 x D = B

  • S is the total number of separate absences by an individual
  • D is the total number of days of absence
  • B is the Bradford Factor score

What is a reasonable period for the Bradford Factor?

Most companies find a running year as an acceptable period, as you get a more comprehensive picture of absence. However, as part of a competent Workforce Management System, you can usually set your parameters.

How does the Bradford Factor work in WFM by Chronologic?

With WFM by Chronologic, you simply need to set the absence definition selection and specify precisely how you want the Bradford Formula to be reported.

You can set parameters to only report on employees where a Bradford Factor value has been exceeded, or you can set reminders to view an employee’s Bradford Factor score before employee performance reviews.

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