Absentee Reporting

A case study on a significant issue in the Meat Processing industry


Meat processing is a $21 billion industry in Australia, employing over 32,000 people. It is a labour intensive industry relying on consistent staffing to maintain production levels. Losing a staff member for even one day directly affects output, leading to challenges in keeping up with demand. Paying the absent staff member while also paying replacement staff (or overtime for other staff) incur additional costs. Labour costs make up a significant portion of the cost of meat and consumers will not tolerate price increases, so it is crucial to manage absenteeism.

Whats the biggest challenge in the meat processing industry?

“The biggest challenge the industry is facing right now is how to make sure we are as efficient as we can be, for us, the big ethos is you can’t manage what you can’t measure.”

Will BartonCEO at GMP

The Challenge

Absenteeism is one of the highest costs in the meat processing industry. Many organizations don’t have the ability to access reports that get to the root of the problem.

The Solution

Toustone’s reporting solution makes it easy for you to manage absenteeism. Dashboard reports profile the conditions that lead to absenteeism so measures can be put in place to minimize occurrence. An up-to-date overview of trends can identify whether the problem is associated with employee demographics, pay scale, or a specific area of the business so corrective action can be taken to prevent future absenteeism.

Our reporting solution gives a visual representation of the true costs of absenteeism and the reason behind the costs, such as lost productivity or overtime pay, giving a precise understanding of the impacts. Forecasting reports allow for prediction of future absenteeism so action can be taken to minimize the effects.

The ability to forecast future absenteeism and know exactly how production and costs are affected means you can accurately predict output levels and plan better.

Avoiding absenteeism before it occurs will reduce costs, increase production and maintain customer satisfaction. Let us set up your reporting so you can access insights to drive action to prevent absenteeism.

“We are a ‘data rich’ plant. We have many systems capturing data which can be overwhelming and hard to manage but since working with Toustone they have positively influenced our labour costs and productivity. During this process, Toustone has been great to work with and is always readily available. We look forward to working more with them to bring even more value to the business”

Will BartonCEO at GMP

Key business outcomes

  • Understand the true costs of absenteeism
  • Identify conditions that lead to absenteeism
  • Predict and prevent future absenteeism
  • Save labour costs and maximize production