Unscheduled Absences Still A Problem

Employee absenteeism is still a problem for employers. The new 1999 CCH Unscheduled Absence Survey reports that after increasing by a whopping 26 percent in 1998; 1999’s numbers show a 7 percent decline in unscheduled absences.

Employees have many reasons for missing work. Stress continues to be a significant factor for employees not showing up to work. Since 1995, stress-related absences have increased by 316 percent. Personal illness dropped to a record low 21 percent in 1999, down from 45 percent in 1995. Family issues account for 21 percent of last-minute absences this year.

The cost of absenteeism is high. It can average as much as $602 per employee, per year. Some larger companies estimate the price tag to be as high at $3.4 million annually.

Companies responding to the survey say that Paid Time Off (PTO) programs are the most effective way to deal with unscheduled absences; however, only 27 percent of respondents have this type of program. Employers use Disciplinary Action 77 percent of the time to control absences.

The survey is available today in the CCH Human Resources Management Ideas & Trends newsletter. Get a copy of the survey by calling 800.435.8878. Ask for offer number 06280001. Survey price is $29.95 + shipping and handling.


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