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Q: We are monitoring the absence levels of our staff on a regular basis in an attempt to manage absence more closely and as a result, reduce the levels of sickness absence throughout the business. What is the “lost-time rate” of measuring absence? A:The "lost-time rate" is a method of measuring the absence of employees across a Company by taking the total amount of time lost through absence in days during a twelve month period and expressing this as a percentage of the total number of potential working days during that period. Eg A Company with 24 employees has a potential maximum number of working days of 6,240 during a twelve month period. During that twelve month period, a total of 456 days have been lost due to sickness absence. Their lost-time rate is therefore is therefore 7.3%.

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