Absenteeism and the cost on the company’s production amazingly is not something that employers spend a lot of time tracking.

So if employers are not tracking this subject then they are also not tracking the negative effects that absenteeism is having on company production.

An old saying comes to mind, if it ain’t broke than don’t fix it.  But in this case employers can’t fix something that may be broke if they don’t know that it is broke.  Obliviously it can be said that employee absenteeism is costing employers much more than they are aware of, and so in this article we are going to examine some of the reasons why employees miss work.


Most employers are aware that on occasion an employees will take will take an extra day here and there for example let’s say that the 4th of July falls on a Thursday some employees will call in sick on Friday so that they can get a four day weekend.  Sometimes employees will use sick time to give them an extra day in the event of a sporting event or a concert that the employee and their family is planning on attending.

Some of the reasons for employee absenteeism will not surprise you at while others will help you as an employer to see that this could be a bigger issue than what you ever imagined.


Either the employee is sick or they have a family member husband, wife, child, or even a parent who is sick and so the employee needs to take some time off to either get well or help someone in the family get well.

Bullying In The Workplace: 

When an employee is bullied in the workplace, work becomes a place that the bullied employee does not want to be.  This could be a bigger reason that you might imagine.  Did you know that over 50% of employees in the workplace are bullied?  Not only that but if there is an employee being bullied in the workplace their production goes down and thus effects the entire company to a small degree at least and could affect the company’s production more depending on the size of the company and the employees position in the company.


There are more people on anti-depressant’s that at any other time in history.  When a person is depressed they lack drive and desire, and there is not much that motivates them.  So if someone is suffering from depression just getting out of bed in the day could be a big accomplishment let alone coming to the workplace and being expected to perform at a high level. In fact studies have shown that the leading cause of employee absenteeism is depression.  This study was carried out by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Job Burnout:  Job burnout is different from depression in that job burnout may be caused by or from excessive pressure that is going on at work.  If a key employee finds themselves having to deal with several high pressure meetings or deadlines job burnout may be the end result.  Job burnout will usually take care of itself once the pressure from the job is relieved.  That is proved the employee does not go from one pressure situation straight into another one over a long period of time.

Personal Stress Outside of Work:

Having to deal with sick children, or a stressful home life and have a big effect on the attendance of some employees.

Personal Illness:

The flu season it seems causes many down days for companies all across America. Other sickness and diseases that are not work related can cause employers to miss anywhere from a few days a year quite a few days per year.

Lack of Real Interest:

Employees who no longer care for their job but are not in a place to leave. Or perhaps the employee has had a run in with another employee and is no longer interested in performing because of the lack of interest.  Usually this will go on for a few weeks maybe even a couple of months before the employee either voluntarily quits or is terminated.

Notwithstanding the large costs associated with employee absences, numerous employers remain unaware of the impact of employee absenteeism. Aon Hewitt’s “2014 Health Care Survey” revealed that only 36 percent of about 1,200 employers surveyed track and study the impact of employee absences on their company profits.

Now that we have discussed some of the main reason why absenteeism is as prevalent as it is the next question is what can an employer do to reduce employee absences.  So let’s take a minute or two and see what can be done to reduce this non-productive behavior.

  1. Every company should be tracking employee absences. The first solution to solving the problem is to identify it, and then find out how bad the problem is. Employee Attendance Tracking is the first step to see if you even have a problem. TrackSmart or WorkDay are two good programs that you can take a look at as you consider tracking your employee attendance.
  2. Another thing that a company can do is encourage your employees to live a healthy lifestyle. While no employer can dictate a way of life to and employee the employer can do things life offer paid gym memberships to the gym of your choice.
  3. Go out of your way to help employees that have been off of work to come back to work sooner and easier by making certain job accommodations. This will help the employee to feel comfortable about coming back to work and will make the transition easier and more desirable.
  4. Offer Excellent Paid Time Off Programs: Amazingly enough the companies that go the extra mile by offering their employee more than the basic Paid Time Off benefits package as a rule get much more production from their employees. Sometimes it is the little things that make the biggest differences.

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