The Impact and Cause of Absenteeism

Essay by michael23jUniversity, Bachelor'sC+, March 2006

download word file, 8 pages 0.0

Downloaded 161 times

Executive Summary

Firstly it became instantly clear in this report highlights poor levels of absenteeism, and it is obvious that management and supervisors act on absenteeism as soon as possible to better the department, organisation and the employees. It is also tremendously important for staff to know that absenteeism should and will not be tolerated anymore; otherwise it would lead to worsening absenteeism and a host of other negative effects on the workers and on the organisation.

We have mentioned instances like the Royal Mail Group to comprehend that there are many success stories in business where absenteeism was reduced to an acceptable rate instead of stopping days of sickness.


According to Mr. Haakon Overli "Workplace absenteeism is one of the last company overheads and it is out of control". Absence from work is not always associated with illness and contains high outlays for the UK Economy. "The rate of sickness is not uniform across industry, region, occupation, age group or even country".

(Roberts, P. 2003).The Report contains information and facts about Absenteeism in the UK Industry and also has a comparison to overseas countries. Tescos newly introduced pilot scheme of not paying their staff for sick leave within the first three days of "sickness". (Asda and Morrisons already refuse to pay the first three sick days.) The introduction of this pilot scheme stems as the main catalyst for my writing of this report. Even though the absent rate is lower in the retail sector than in the Industry (7.5 days pp / 10 days pp) it is still quite important to face this threat.(Grocer 2004) Used Sources are mainly from Magazines as for instance Financial Times are but as well from Journals, theme related books and Internet Articles.

Issues and Facts about Absenteeism

Absenteeism in general

There has...