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Recognizing employees for attendance can provide benefits

Rewarding individuals for perfect attendance may seem like a recognition relegated to school gymnasiums.

Rewarding individuals for perfect attendance may seem like a recognition relegated to school gymnasiums. However, many companies are using the strategy successfully as part of their employee incentive programs.

For example, a local city council in the U.K. is rewarding staff members who've had no sick absences with complimentary tickets for the theater as well as gym memberships, The Newton Abbey Today reports.

Research from the council demonstrates that its rewards programs have made a difference. According to the paper, the number of sick days taken between April 2011 and March 2012 fell by 681 days compared to the previous year.

"As part of our Health & Wellbeing Strategy, a number of targeted steps have been corporately introduced to proactively manage the current absence rates (which largely relate to long term absence)," the report states. "Last year, approximately 38 percent of employees had no sickness absence and work was recently completed to establish how the council could reward excellent attendance records."

Such strategies can also spill over into other areas. By promoting health among employees, companies can also cut down on benefits costs while improving productivity.

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