There’s no disputing that absenteeism is a challenging issue to deal with. When an employee is away from work on a regular basis, it is referred to as absenteeism. This does not include paid leave or times when a company has given an employee time off. Employees will be absent for reasons like sickness, legal sanctions, or bereavement. Absenteeism, on the other hand, becomes an issue when it is recurrent and extreme.  

Do you have a member of your team who is off every Monday and likes to leave early every Friday?  Regular patterns of behaviour like that can affect the business performance. 

Your staff members are less likely to work effectively and efficiently if they are regularly a man down.  If there is always one person off work there could be resentment, there could be people who need to cover for them, rather than do their own job. Furthermore, employees may face increased stress and burnout as a result of carrying more workload on their shoulders. Although some reasons for employee absences are due to health concerns and that cannot be disregarded by the employer, right?

However, a few sick days a year may not seem like a big deal for a single person, but when added together, they have a significant influence on a company’s bottom line and the United Kingdom’s economy as a whole. According to a recent study by the CIPD, the annual cost of illness absence in the UK is now in the region of £29 billion. For instance, sick leave has a massive impact on British business productivity. In the UK, four-week absences account for 20% of sick days, and they may be very disruptive. Short-term absences, defined as those lasting up to 28 days, can be challenging to manage, especially when there is a lot of short-term sickness.

Aside from stress and high administration and labour cost problems. Staff absences can also lead to other downfalls of the organisation. Like there is more strain on workers who cover for individuals who are absent.  This may result in poorer customer satisfaction in consumer-facing areas. Thus, staff absences can result in poor customer service. Absenteeism is clearly costly to the whole workforce, therefore it’s critical to understand the causes and solutions for reducing it for everyone’s benefit.