If an employee is regularly absent from work it is known as absenteeism. This normally refers to unauthorised absences such as sickness.

High levels of absenteeism can have many negative effects on the employer. These include:

  • Loss of productivity
  • Wages paid to absent employees
  • Extra management task
  • Loss of morale with other staff members “picking up the slack”

Absenteeism can be measured in many ways, including the Bradford Factor score. An HRIS can auto calculate the score and highlight potential problems.

Some absenteeism can be considered a good thing. This includes an employee staying away from work when they are contagious. These types of absence should be considered when dealing with absenteeism.

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