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Q. What is the Bradford Factor?


The Bradford Factor is a formula used to calculate the impact that short, frequent and unplanned absences have on a business.  The theory behind it is that these absences have a greater disruptive influence on productivity, therefore measuring it is a useful management tool.

The breatheHR software system that we recommend automatically calculates the Bradford Factor for every member of staff.

The calculation is based on the number of separate absences (S) multiplied by the number of days absence (D) and a weighting is applied to the (S) to give you the Bradford Factor.

The higher the number, the greater the concern.  Typically a score of 45 or greater is a matter for concern and corrective action should be considered.

Charlotte Orange
Charlotte Winder
HR Advisor
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