What is the Bradford factor?

The Bradford factor is a tool used by HR to track, monitor and review absenteeism. The tool was developed in Bradford university and is used widespread in business.

Bradford Formula

The Bradford factor is quite a simplistic tool. Each sick day is recorded, and each separate sick occurrence is also recorded. Once all the data are gathered the formula is applied. The calculation used is as follows: sick days multiplied by sick occurrences, multiplied by sick occurrences. For example, is someone has three separate days off sick, the formula would be = 3*3*3 =27. However, if the person has three consecutive days of sick, the formula would be =3*1*1=3.

Bradford Factor review scores

As guide the following scores are used to trigger reviews: Score of 45, Concern, 100, Disciplinary and 900 Dismissal. These scores are just a guide, each company can set their own scores.

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HR Tracking

The Bradford factor is a great HR tool to help track trends and keep on top of slacking staff. It is not a tool to be used as a stick to keep staff inline.

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