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The Bradford Factor

The Bradford Factor is a human resources tool you can use to measure worker absenteeism. LeaveWizard supports automatic Bradford Factor calculation with the option to include one or more absence types. The calculation is:

B = S × S × D

where:

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 you can set, but is the company formation date by default.

This article explains how to configure LeaveWizard to use it 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’.

A screenshot showing the Bradford Factor section of the Company Settings page and the setting ‘Does your company use the Bradford Factor?’ set to 'No'.

Once you enable it, you will get the option to enable it for each of your absence types. It will list them below ‘The following event types are included in the Bradford Factor calculation:’ with a corresponding tick box.

A screenshot showing the Bradford Factor enabled and 'The following event types are included in the Bradford Factor calculation:' setting with the 'Sickness (days)' tick box.

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

You can also enable or disable the event types using 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.

A screenshot showing the 'Other Options' section of the event type details page and the 'Use For Bradford Factor' setting to renable or disable the event type.

View The Results

When it is first enabled, the calculations may take several minutes to take place. However, the system will automatically perform daily recalculations in the future.

When enabled, it will show the calculated result for each user in a new column on the Organisation And Employees page.

A screenshot showing the calculated results 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. This will take you to a dedicated report page.

A screenshot showing the Bradford Factor Report page available from the 'Leave' section on the main menu.

You can filter the user list by Workgroup and Employee from dropdown boxes. You can include previous users in the list by ticking the ‘Include Ex-Employees’ box.

It normally listed users 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. That makes 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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