How to Address Absenteeism

Our last post, Absenteeism in the Workplace: A Modern Menace, noted the causes and consequences of frequent absenteeism in the office. Here are some more tips for you if you’re trying to monitor the absentee rates at your workplace. We’ll also share some advice for handling absent employees.

Monetary Losses due to Absenteeism

A recent study noted the cost incurred by different jobs as a result of absenteeism and the subsequent loss in productivity. Around $24.2 million worth of productivity is lost due to absenteeism in the professional occupations. Nurses and teachers are the exceptions. Both productivity and company morale suffer because of absenteeism. Organizational goals can never be fulfilled if absenteeism runs rampant.

How Do You Deal with Absenteeism?

It is management’s duty to monitor absences and give the employees verbal or written warnings if they have a bad habit of not showing up for work. It is important that the management address and enforce certain rules to curb absenteeism. Management must maintain a respectful and understanding dialogue with their employees. More formal and severe steps should be taken if holding the employees accountable for their absence does not mitigate the problem.

A good work/life balance is also important. A company should challenge their employees but should not put extreme pressure on them. Management should consider arranging positive mental health opportunities such as weekly yoga classes or social hours.

The relationship between the management and the employees must be healthy and happy. This will inevitably boost company productivity. Employees should be challenged and encouraged to excel in order to boost their morale. A salary hike or great benefits for the employees also encourages them to stay invested in their job.

Managing and Preventing Absenteeism

Occasional absenteeism is not unusual. Employees may really be ill or need to make an appointment that conflicts with business hours. A serious absentee problem, however, may indicate a number of problems. The best thing that an organization can do to reduce absenteeism is come up with a strategy that will monitor and respond to absenteeism.

Your company’s policies should be outlined and explained when an employee begins working for the company. Since we know that drug use is commonly associated with absenteeism, your employment policy should address drug use and employee drug testing guidelines.

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