Bradford Factor Calculator

The Bradford Factor calculator is used to find staff absence totals and to set a weighted faculty attendance rating. A high Bradford rating signifies poor attendance, while a low Bradford rating signifies good attendance.

A Bradford Factor of zero indicates no unplanned absences. The Bradford Factor is particularly useful for managers and executives to assess individuals within their divisions and contrast relative attendance ratings.

This is a simple Bradford Factor calculator that outputs the measured absence score with the Bradford Factor algorithm and method for absence scoring.

How to Use the Bradford Factor Calculator

The Bradford Factor calculator is easy to use. All you need to know is the number of times a specific person was absent and the total number of days he or she was absent. Comprehensive instructions on utilizing and working with the calculator are listed below.

  1. Input the number of times the person in question has been absent in the "Absent Count" section.
  2. Input the number of absent days in the "Days Absent" section. For example, if the person in question was absent for 3 days, then 5 days, then half a day, then 4 days, enter 12.5, as the sum of all the days absent (3 + 5 + 0.5 + 4) equals 12.5.
  3. Click "Calculate" or press the return key on your keyboard to output a score.

Append and change to find a full Bradford Factor rating for your entire faculty. Click "Reset" to determine a new Bradford Factor rating.


Number of Occurrences

Total Absent Days

What is the Bradford Factor?

The Bradford Factor is an algorithm that permits corporations to affix a relative weighting to unplanned staff absences (illness, poor health, etc). The Bradford Factor is centered around the idea that multiple absences have a greater effect on operations than long-term sickness and sick leave.

Short-term absences frequently occur with little notice and can be significant hindrances for enterprises. Filling important positions at the last second can be impossible, especially when the ill employee is an SME (Subject Matter Expert) in a particular field or subject. Long-term absences can usually be handled more efficiently by temporary movement of faculty, contractors, etc.

While the Bradford Factor has its restrictions, it does provide a standard for managers and executives. The Bradford Factor is utilized by many enterprises around the world; it was first conceptualized at the Bradford University School of Management in the early 1980s. The majority of businesses use the Factor as a gauge rather than a definite fact, as the Bradford Factor does not provide for certain health factors such as disability or a recurring sickness causing multiple absences over an extended period of time.


How do I determine my Bradford Factor?

The Bradford factor is determined with the Bradford Formula: B = S2 x D

  • B: the Bradford Factor rating
  • S: total number of absences
  • D: total number of days absent for a certain individual for a certain time frame (usually a running year)

Example Bradford Factor calculations are below.

Absences (S) Days Absent (D) Bradford Factor (B) Notes
5 10 250.00 5 x 5 x 10 = 250 (Bradford Factor 250)
4 12 192.00 4 x 4 x 12 = 192 (Bradford Factor 192)
3 6 54.00 3 x 3 x 6 = 54 (Bradford Factor 54)
2 2 8.00 2 x 2 x 2 = 8 (Bradford Factor 8)
2 4 16.00 2 x 2 x 4 = 16 (Bradford Factor 16)
1 4 4.00 1 x 1 x 4 = 4 (Bradford Factor 4)
1 1 1.00 1 x 1 x 1 = 1 (Bradford Factor 1)

Why do businesses use the Bradford Factor?

Businesses utilize the Bradford Factor to find a weighted measurement of staff absences that levels out recurring absences and absence durations.

Will my Bradford Factor Rating Stop me from being paid?

Maybe - it depends on the way in which your enterprise or employer uses the Bradford Factor and evaluates the result. The majority of businesses have a threshold which, when crossed, informs them that they should take disciplinary action or/and cut your pay. Enterprises differ, however, in their usage of this management asset.

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