The definition of absenteeism is that it is frequent or habitual absence from work. It is an employer’s way of saying many things, such as, well, they are sick, they are sick of the job, they don’t working there anymore, they’re near resignation, just to name a few. It is also something that all employers hate, especially in regards to unplanned leaves.
Organizations and companies lose productivity and in turn, profit, whenever an employee or employees take unplanned leaves. It is the most pressing issue faced by all organizations all over the world and an issue that remains partially unsolved.
Now, as we learned back in school, in order to understand a problem or issue, you need to understand its underlying causes.
Put it in a simpler context, what exactly does frequent absenteeism of employees tell you, as an employer?
The main reason why an employee goes on frequent unplanned leaves is that he or she is lazy. An employee’s attitude towards, which in this case, is lazy and incompetent, means that they have a low level of commitment towards their work. Any organization can deal with this by giving out sanctions, giving proper disciplinary actions and in some cases, firing that employee.
A healthy workplace is a place wherein employees know what they need to do and why they need to do it. They know their jobs, they execute it well and they mingle with their co-employees, as well as employer/s. They are contented and satisfied with their jobs and their working environment. However, problems and tensions within the workplace can escalate to the point that it may become the reason for the frequent absenteeism of an employee.
Getting to know why an employee is frequently absent and if it is for this very reason may help the organization as a whole as the organization can deal with such problems. These problems may range from petty disagreements with a co-worker, to problems with superiors putting too much pressure on their subordinates.
An organization must keep in mind that to keep an employee or employees happy, productive, motivated and satisfied, they must ensure that an employee must not have problems with the workplace. If an employee is motivated to go to work because of his relationship and commitment to the workplace, absenteeism is less likely to occur.
People change jobs or a work environment because of many things, but the most common reason is their lack of job satisfaction, and no, pay or salary usually has nothing to do with this. This lack of job satisfaction or lack of fulfilment usually comes from not liking their position in the company, wherein they would most likely work out in the field than in the office, or the other way around.
Fortunately, an organization can easily manage this by delegating tasks to an employee that will keep him satisfied or moving him to a department that will make use of most of his skills, therefore leading to motivation and job satisfaction.
Having Health Works workplace health checks send out a message that an organization cares about their employee’s health and wellness. Visit healthworks.com.au to know more about Health Works, as well as how their programs benefit organizations as a whole.
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