What is Employee Absenteeism

Employee absenteeism is, simply put, workers missing work. Top reasons for absence include illness/injuries, poor office morale, and stress/burnout. Related to absenteeism is presenteeism: employees are present, but not working at their full potential, whether due to illness or lack of engagement.

Impact of Employee Absenteeism

Unscheduled employee absenteeism is on the rise and can negatively impact an organization’s productivity, profitability and work culture. In addition to paying for replacement workers and added administrative costs, quality and safety both risk being compromised. Employee absenteeism costs Canadian companies upwards of $16 billions dollars each year.

How to measure Employee Absenteeism

Surprisingly, many companies are not actively and effectively tracking employee absenteeism. Different measures can be put in place, including, tracking length of absences, when and where they most commonly occur, and identifying absentee patterns. The bottom line: understanding why your employees are away is a crucial step to addressing persistent absenteeism issues.

How to reduce Employee Absenteeism

Begin by tracking and understanding the causes for absenteeism. Then, begin to build resources and programming to help employees return to work, stay healthy, feel engaged and manage their stress. Absenteeism is 27% lower for employee who eat healthily and exercise regularly.

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