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The Bradford Factor

The Bradford Factor is a human resources tool used to measure worker absenteeism. LeaveWizard supports automatic Bradford Factor calculation with the option to include one or more absence types. The Bradford Factor is calculated as follows:

B = S × S × D


B is the Bradford Factor

S is the total number of spells (instances) of absence of an individual over a set period

D is the total number of days of absence of that individual over the same set period

The ‘set period’ is a rolling 52-week period whose start date can be set but is the company formation date by default.

This article explains how to configure LeaveWizard to use Bradford factor and where to see the results.

Enable Bradford Factor

As an administrator you can enable it in the Bradford Factor section of the Company Settings page by setting ‘Does your company use the Bradford Factor?’ to ‘Yes’.

Once it is enabled, you will get the option to enable it for any of your absence types which will be listed below ‘The following event types are included in the Bradford Factor calculation:’ with a corresponding tick box.

The ‘Start date for Bradford Factor’ setting allows you to set the start date for the rolling 52-week period which will be set as the company formation date by default.

The event types can also be enabled (or disabled) by the ‘Use For Bradford Factor’ setting in the Other Options section of the event type details page which is linked to the setting on the Company Settings page.

View The Bradford Factor

When the Bradford Factor is first enabled, the calculations may take several minutes to take place. However, the on-going recalculation will be automatically performed daily.

When enabled the calculated Bradford factor is shown for each user in a new column on the Organisation And Employees page.

Also, when enabled, the Bradford Factor Report option will be available under the ‘Leave’ section on the main menu which will take you to a dedicated report page.

The user list can be filtered by Workgroup and Employee from dropdown boxes. Previous users can also be included in the list by ticking the ‘Include Ex-Employees’ box.

The users are normally listed by name order. However, clicking on a column header will sort the list of users by that value instead. For example, clicking ‘Bradford Factor’ will order by that value, making it easy to find the users with the highest calculated values. Clicking the header again will reverse the order of the list.

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