Leave management is a small but very important aspect of human resources. The issue of leaves has often led to unpleasant situations between managers and employees. Using a robust HRMS that is equipped with leave management capabilities will help you to avoid a number of problems. What’s more, a leave management module ensures that you gain access to important insight that can be used for policy making. In this article, let us take a look at various reasons why a leave management module is important within the context of human resources.
- Meeting project delivery deadlines
Managers need to know how long it might take to deliver a project. When you know which of your employees will be available for a project and which of them will not be, you can make sure that you are allotting time and resources for the right employee. This helps you to make sure that the projects are delivered in time.
- Avoid legal complications
A number of times, “ungranted” leaves and disputes related to absences can lead to legal suits. Countries like India, the U.S. and others have strong labor policies that protect the rights of the employees to take paid leaves. You can make sure that you have access to data that reveals how many days are remaining and how you can avoid legal complications but encouraging employees to take leaves. Annual leave with wages, Medical Leave Act and other laws cover this part of the scenario.
- Job satisfaction
Leave management can be integrated as an employee self-service module as well. When employees can themselves check how many leaves are left and when they can plan a vacation, they remain satisfied with their jobs and autonomy. Moreover, they will also not bother managers repeatedly with requests related to vacations and leaves. Autonomy and access to personal information, including leave details are some of the most important factors in job satisfaction. When employees are happy with their jobs, they will also be more productive.
- Track performance
You can also track the performance of individual employees when it comes to taking leaves. If employees are not taking leaves and are working hard, it shows. Similarly, when they are taking too many unscheduled leaves and are becoming a liability to the organization, you can take penalizing measures. Employee performance is directly correlated with the number of unscheduled leaves a person takes. Thus, managers can reprimand those who take too many leaves.
One of the most important aspects of a leave management software program is that it tells you clearly what the trends are, with respect to taking leaves. This way, management can plan months ahead to avoid unnecessary confusion and chaos. Most leaves are often taken during festival seasons and holiday seasons. HR managers can keep a watch on the number of leaves that are taken and plan ahead to make sure that all of them do not take leave at once. Leave management software programs provide valuable metrics and analytics that can be used to plan projects in advance.
A number of employees do not take leaves at all. This causes stressful situations and leads to a loss of productivity. By using information available in the leave management software, HR managers can counsel and guide employees to take leaves according to the recommended standards.
Last but not the least, leave management modules are an integral part of HRMS suites and can be customized according to your needs. If you would like to learn more about how a leave management module can help you and your business do not hesitate to speak to one of our consultants.