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Absenteeism is an employee's intentional or habitual absence from work. While employers expect workers to miss a certain number of workdays each year, excessive absences can equate to and can have a major effect on company finances, morale and other factors. This article looks at the causes of absenteeism, the costs of lost productivity and what employers can do to reduce absenteeism rates in the workplace.

Causes of Absenteeism
People miss work for a variety of reasons, many of which are legitimate and others less so. Some of the common causes of absenteeism include (but are not limited to):

• McIntosh, J. & Jansen, S. 2007. Absenteeism in the workplace. Empirical Economics, 32(1):127-134.

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have come and gone and are becoming a distant memory. Despite all the build-up and preparation for the Games, they proved to be a disruption for many employers who had to deal with sudden work place absences and ‘sickies’. Steven Eckett, Consultant Solicitor and Head of provides some useful tips on how employers can in the future deal with absenteeism in the workplace, particularly when it coincides with major sporting events.

Absenteeism in the Workplace Paperback – October 22, 2001

• The SOMA initiative 2002. Training workshop for line managers and heads of department on absentee management in the workplace. May, Pretoria. Absenteeism in the workplace is a problem all managers encounter, and although absences are often due to legitimate reasons, they can get out of control if they’re not managed carefully.

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Absenteeism in the workplace is a problem all managers encounter, and although absences are often due to legitimate reasons, they can get out of control if they’re not managed carefully.

Controlling Absenteeism in the Workplace


For business owners and managers, controlling absenteeism in the workplace is an important issue. When workers are not on the job regularly, it affects productivity and the company's profits.This paper will discuss and assess the Human Resource issue of absenteeism in the workplace. Specifically this paper will research the policies of Insight Technology, Inc. and determine the effectiveness and infectiveness of certain polices. This paper will also discuss the effect that absenteeism has on the company. Few people realize that there are positives to absenteeism in the workplace. The positives that come from absenteeism include relief from stress caused by work, and allow other employees to become more well-rounded and the present employees will gain experience from taking over the absentee’s workload also known as job rotation. The negatives that come from absenteeism include less pay to employees, loss of experience, and loss of discipline in the workplace. Negative effects on the company include overworking present employees, lower production, and simple hassle. Currently, Insight Technology, Inc. only has a few absenteeism prevention policies in place including: blackout dates, in which the employees cannot ask for that specific date off, and benefit incentives for employees that follow policy. The current issue with the policies that are in place is the need for updating and lack of follow through. In order for Insight to better adapt their policies it would be important to first read through their manual to have a good understanding of policies currently in place, they should then edit their policies and review it with all current and new employees. After these employees have read and understood the policy for absenteeism they should sign a paper saying they understand then it is important to then monitor the progress, if any, to determine whether the policy change has been effective. If some employees still do not agree or follow policy than Insight should issue warnings or terminate if necessary. This paper discusses in detail the current policies this company has in place as well as the policies that should be reviewed and...