EAP Workplace Absenteeism

Navigating Workplace Absenteeism

Farmington, CT (August 3, 2017) – Calling in sick happens. Injuries happen. Handling the occasional personal business during business hours also happens. Occasional absences from work are unavoidable. But when does it become more than just calling in sick? Excessive absenteeism, can present a myriad of challenges to employers.

Workplace Absenteeism is recognized as the habitual pattern of absence from the workplace, costing U.S. companies billions of dollars each year1.

These costs can be attributed to:

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    Wages paid to absent employees

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    High-cost replacement workers, such asovertime pay for other employees or temporary workers

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    Administrative costs of managing absenteeism

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    Lower profits/decreased business

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    Lower quality goods/services resulting from overtime fatigue or under-staffing

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    Reduced productivity or morale among employees who have to “fill in” or do extra work to cover absent coworkers.

Since missed work days can have a pronounced financial effect on a company’s bottom line, most businesses can benefit by implementing strategies to equitably monitor, reduce and respond to absenteeism. Employers can consider the following to cut down on workplace absenteeism.

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    A written attendance policy that clearly outlines expectations

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    Create incentives to encourage good attendance

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    A tiered absentee policy

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    Flexible time off

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    Work-life and wellness programs that provide employee support

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    Pinpoint causes of worker discontent and eliminate them

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1 The Causes and Costs of Absenteeism in the Workplace, Forbes, July 10, 2013.

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