Monday, July 9, 2018

Employee Absenteeism Part 1

Simply put, absenteeism is the failure of employees to report for work when they are scheduled to work.  An employee who reports to work late or is not at work as scheduled compromises the delivery of organizational objectives. 

It is essential for all organizations to understand the types and causes of absenteeism and the associated costs and to put a program in place to improve attendance.

  • Decrease in Productivity
    • Absent staff place an extra burden on the whole organization
    • Time lost in the sourcing and training of new or replacement staff
    • Morale and motivation issues can greatly decrease the productivity of staff
  • Administrative Costs
    • Increased supervisory and administrative costs in the monitoring and management of absenteeism program
    • Increased costs associated with hiring replacement staff
  • Financial Costs
    • Salary costs for new or replacement staff
    • Overtime payments
    • Medical and insurance costs may increase
  • Culpable
    • Employees who are absent for reasons within their control
  • Innocent
    • Employees who are absent for reasons beyond their control
Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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