Absenteeism,thethief of business progress 11/28/2012
People call off from work for a variety of reasons. Some reasons are as silly as “I have lost my
door key and I am locked in and I think the dog has swallowed
it”. Most phone
-in requests forstaying away from work are made from mobile handsets and not fixed lines for obvious reasons.According to the CCH 2007 Unscheduled Absence Survey, only a third of the workforce happensto be genuinely ill when they take an unplanned absence. The other two-thirds of the time,employees are dealing with personal needs (18 %), family issues (22%), entitlement mentality(13%) and stress (13%). American businesses lose an average of 2.8 million work days each yeardue to unplanned absences (U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics)
. These unscheduled absences costupwards of $74 billion, making it even more critical for employers to understand and quantify howmuch absenteeism costs their business both financially and lost productivity It is vital fororganizations to appreciate what factors drive absenteeism and how to proactively manage theirabsence-prone workforce. This discourse is a small attempt to bring to the fore the issues thatencompass absenteeism and the impact that this vice has on National economies and organizationsin particular.