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3.1 CONCEPT OF ABSENTEEISM:
It refers to workers absence from their regular task when he isnormally schedule to work. The according to Webster¶s dictionary³Absenteeism is the practice or habit of being an absentee andan absentee is one who habitually stays away from work.´According to Labour Bureau of Shimla: - Absenteeism is thetotal man shifts lost because of absence as percentage of totalnumber of man shifts scheduled to work.In other words, it signifies the absence of an employee fromwork when he is scheduled to be at work. Any employee may stayaway from work if he has taken leave to which he is entitled or onground of sickness or some accident or without any previoussanction of leave. Thus absence may be authorised or unauthorised, wilful or caused by circumstances beyond one¶scontrol.Maybe even worse than absenteeism, it is obvious that peoplesuch as malingerers and those unwilling to play their part in theworkplace can also have a decidedly negative impact.Such team members need individual attention from frontlinesupervisors and management.
 
Indeed, as prevention is better than cure, where such a problem occurs, it is always important to review recruitment procedures to identify how such individuals came to be employedin the first place.For any business owner or manager, to cure excessiveabsenteeism, it is essential to find and then eliminate the causes of discontent among team members.If they find their supervisor or job unpleasant - reallyunpleasant - they look for legitimate excuses to stay home andfind them with things such as upset stomachs or splittingheadaches.Any effective absentee control program has to locate thecauses of discontent and modify those causes or eliminate thementirely. In other words, if we deal with the real reasons teammembers stay home it can become unnecessary for them to stayaway.Any investigation into absenteeism needs to look at the realreasons for it.Sometimes team members call in sick when they really do notwant to go to work. They would not call you up and say, ³I¶m notcoming in today because my supervisor abuses me.´
 
O
r, ³I¶m not coming in today because my chair isuncomfortable.´
O
r, ³I¶m not coming in today because the bathrooms are so filthy, it makes me sick to walk into them.´There are a few essential questions to consider at the outset if you want to make a measurable improvement to your absenteeismfigures.Why is your present absenteeism policy ineffective?Where and when is excessive absenteeism occurring? In manycases, under- trained supervisors could be a contributing factor.What are the real causes for absences?It is commonly expected that low pay, poor benefits and highworkloads will be the major causes.However, in numerous employee surveys absenteeismgenerally has been identified as a symptom of low job satisfaction,sub-standard working conditions and consistent negative andunfair treatment received by first-line supervisors.How much formal training have your supervisors received onabsenteeism containment and reduction? If your answer is none or very little, maybe you have found the solution.

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