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Controlling absenteeism and attendance problems

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Employers have heard all the excuses. My alarm didn't go off. My car broke down. My babysitter didn't show up. I have a terrible cold. Though sometimes those excuses for being absent or late ring true, chronic absenteeism can become a major problem in the workplace.

A 2007 national survey found that unscheduled absences cost some large companies more than $760,000 a year. Although absenteeism rates have continued to be stable in the past few years (2.3% in 2007, 2.5% in 2006, 2.3% in 2005, 2.4% in 2004, 1.9% in 2003, and 2.1% in 2002), the costs of paid unscheduled absenteeism are still high.

You would think that getting an employee to show up on time, every day, would seem to be a simple matter. But these days, you really can't simply say, "Be here or be fired" when an employee walks through the door late or not at all. Especially when you throw in legal factors such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) a...(register to read more)

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