What is Bradford Formula?

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Bradford formula is a term used in HR management as a way to standardize and measure worker absenteeism aka to calculate an attendance score.

bradford formula definition

Bradford formula definition

Bradford formula is a term used in HR management as a way to standardize and measure worker absenteeism aka to calculate an attendance score. The theory behind the Bradford factor suggests that short, unplanned absences are more disruptive than longer-term, planned absences.

How to measure Bradford factor

The formula used to produce a score is: B = S² x D.

B = the Bradford Factor score

S = the number of separate absences over a defined period of time

D = the total number of days of absence over the same defined period of time

A score above 450 is generally categorised as "recommended dismissal" while a score between 250 and 499 is categorised as "final written warning".

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