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Absenteeism

Definition

Absenteeism is a habitual pattern of absence from a duty or obligation without good reason. Generally, absenteeism is unplanned absences. Absenteeism has been viewed as an indicator of poor individual performance, as well as a breach of an implicit contract between employee and employer. It is seen as a management problem, and framed in economic or quasi-economic terms. More recent scholarship seeks to understand absenteeism as an indicator of psychological, medical, or social adjustment to work.

What is 'Absenteeism'

The habitual non-presence of an employee at his or her job. Possible causes of absenteeism include job dissatisfaction, ongoing personal issues and chronic medical problems. Regardless of cause, a worker with a pattern of being absent may put his reputation and his employed status at risk. However, some forms of absence from work are legally protected and cannot be grounds for termination.

Explaining 'Absenteeism'

Companies expect their employees to miss some work each year due to vacation, illness and personal issues/responsibilities, but missing work becomes a problem for the company when the employee is absent repeatedly and/or unexpectedly, especially if that employee must be paid while absent. While disability leave, performance of jury duty and the observance of religious holidays are all legally protected reasons for an employee to miss work, some employees abuse these laws to take time off that they shouldn't, which incurs unfair costs to the employer.


Further Reading


Absenteeism or presenteeism? Attendance dynamics and employee well‐being
www.oxfordhandbooks.com [PDF]
… Absenteeism was measured by self-report of the frequency of absences (Price & Muller, 1986) … Retrieved on October 23, 2002 from http://www.cch.com/absenteeism Dillman, DA (1978) … Sources of economic distress: Individual and family outcomes …

Relationship between financial stress and workplace absenteeism of credit counseling clientsRelationship between financial stress and workplace absenteeism of credit counseling clients
link.springer.com [PDF]
… Absenteeism was measured by self-report of the frequency of absences (Price & Muller, 1986) … Retrieved on October 23, 2002 from http://www.cch.com/absenteeism Dillman, DA (1978) … Sources of economic distress: Individual and family outcomes …

New evidence on absenteeism and presenteeismNew evidence on absenteeism and presenteeism
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Absenteeism was measured by self-report of the frequency of absences (Price & Muller, 1986) … Retrieved on October 23, 2002 from http://www.cch.com/absenteeism Dillman, DA (1978) … Sources of economic distress: Individual and family outcomes …

Labor market consequences: employment, wages, disability, and absenteeismLabor market consequences: employment, wages, disability, and absenteeism
www.oxfordhandbooks.com [PDF]
… Absenteeism was measured by self-report of the frequency of absences (Price & Muller, 1986) … Retrieved on October 23, 2002 from http://www.cch.com/absenteeism Dillman, DA (1978) … Sources of economic distress: Individual and family outcomes …

Too busy to show up? An analysis of directors' absencesToo busy to show up? An analysis of directors' absences
www.sciencedirect.com [PDF]
… Absenteeism was measured by self-report of the frequency of absences (Price & Muller, 1986) … Retrieved on October 23, 2002 from http://www.cch.com/absenteeism Dillman, DA (1978) … Sources of economic distress: Individual and family outcomes …

The impact of class absenteeism on undergraduates' academic performance: evidence from an elite Economics school in PortugalThe impact of class absenteeism on undergraduates' academic performance: evidence from an elite Economics school in Portugal
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Absenteeism was measured by self-report of the frequency of absences (Price & Muller, 1986) … Retrieved on October 23, 2002 from http://www.cch.com/absenteeism Dillman, DA (1978) … Sources of economic distress: Individual and family outcomes …

Student absenteeism: whose responsibility?Student absenteeism: whose responsibility?
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Absenteeism was measured by self-report of the frequency of absences (Price & Muller, 1986) … Retrieved on October 23, 2002 from http://www.cch.com/absenteeism Dillman, DA (1978) … Sources of economic distress: Individual and family outcomes …


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