Unscheduled employee absences quietly crept upward early this year to 0.7% of scheduled worker days. That’s still far below the 1.5%rate that was common before the recession, but it may signal that employees are feeling secure enough in their jobs to start missing more days.
And it’s still harming employers. Absenteeism costs American businesses approximately 9% of payroll, according to several estimates. Here are a dozen ways to keep employees coming to work as scheduled, reserving sick leave for health problems—not as a catch-all bank of time off.
1. Track absenteeism. Look for unusual patterns in attendance. Do some kinds of employees—perhaps those in a particular department—take more unscheduled leave than others? Check your absenteeism rate against the average for your industry. Tip: Once you identify trends in unscheduled leave, ask employees what’s going on.
2. Confront employees who have attendance probl...(register to read more)