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One that’s conveniently sick every Monday, or has many unplanned days off? That’s absenteeism—meaning someone who habitually avoids work with no reason.
It’s a serious issue. Studies estimate a cost of almost £600 per employee, per year as a result. There are many different potential causes—the absentee could suffer low morale. They may not be enjoying the job. The environment could be chipping away at their mental health. There are countless potential reasons. And not everyone knows how to address them, or how to reduce absenteeism.
There’s a (fairly) simple absenteeism formula you can use to calculate the percentage of absenteeism and sickness absenteeism in your workplace.
((number of unexcused absences)/period of days) x 100=% of absenteeism
Ideally, you want this number to be as low as possible. The higher it gets, the more you might have to think about terminating an employee for excessive absenteeism, which isn’t something anyone wants to do.
It’s different for everyone. But some common causes are:
Of course, if your percentages of absenteeism are high, you’re going to want to tackle that. Similarly to the causes, there’s no one way of knowing how to reduce absenteeism at work. But there are a few things you can do:
If you’ve taken all the steps you can and someone is still persistently absent with no justification, you may need to take harsher measures. Acas is an invaluable resource, which can take you through the steps of disciplining staff for any reason, and they provide a useful written warning template for absenteeism.
If you’d like to find out more information on any of the topics mentioned in this article, please contact Health Assured on 0844 892 2493.
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