Employee Absenteeism is the absence of an employee from work. Its a major problem faced by almost all employers of today. Employees are absent from work and thus the work suffers. Absenteeism of employees from work leads to back logs, piling of work and thus work delay. There are various laws been enacted for safeguarding the interest of both Employers and Employees but they too have various constraints.
Absenteeism is of two types -
There are various reasons for Employees to remain absent from work -
Reasons from the side of organisation
Reasons from the side of employee
what ever might be the reason for employee absent will affect the productivity of the organisation which in turn affects overall performance of the organisation if employee absenteeism is continuous. In this regard organisation must pay attention towards proper attendance of employees to the work.
Its the duty of employer to find out as to why his employee is absent.
One in four American workers is seriously distressed about their personal financial situation, according to the report "Financial Distress Among American Workers". The study found nearly 80% of financially stressed workers spend time at their jobs dealing with money issues. Research shows that workers with money woes are less healthy and have higher rates of absenteeism.
The unintended costs associated with irregular schedules, night shifts and extended hours are eroding the profits of American businesses, according to a study by Circadian Technologies, Inc. The profit-eroding factors for businesses with shift operations include lower productivity, higher absenteeism, greater employee turnover, increased health care costs, and more job-related accidents.
Wrongful termination for unauthorised absenteeism
When an employee gets absent to work with out giving any intimation in advance or any information shall be treated as unauthorised absenteeism. Facts behind absent of employee may be genuine like having sudden health issues, any family issues or any family obligations which cannot be skipped. Before taking any decision on unauthorised absenteeism by employee, employer must know the facts or reasons which insisted employee get absent to work. If employee is terminated from job for the reason of unauthorised absenteeism without knowing any facts or reasons behind, shall be treated as wrongful termination.
Termination of employee without giving any chance to him explain or give reasons for his absent to work is against the Principles of Natural Justice. According to principles of natural justice, one should be given opportunity to explain before taking any decision against him. There is a famous principle of natural justice is "Audi alteram partem"- Hear the other party or the rule of fair hearing or the rule that no one should be condemned unheard. According to this principle, before taking any decision against any person, one should have fair hearing and give opportunity to explain in his words, subsequently can come to decision.
48% Indians admit lying at work to catch sports
A recent global survey commissioned by US-based The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated and conducted by Harris Interactive has revealed that Indians' love for cricket is so strong that they would happily and without guilt skip work to tune in to a game. As many as 1,000 adults participated in the online survey from India. Of these, 48% admitted to using sickness as an excuse to bunk work and watch cricket on TV.
Incidentally, it's not just Indians who are bunking work to catch sports action. The Chinese are doing it, too. In fact, China led all the surveyed regions with almost 58% of the respondents admitting they skipped work for their favourite sport. In their case, it was not cricket, but European football and basketball - a big craze in the country.
While two of the world's most populous countries showed their weakness for watching sports over attending work, the French displayed some resoluteness in this matter . Of the countries polled which included Australia, US, Canada, China, France, Great Britain, India, and Mexico -France was at the bottom of the survey, with just 1% Frenchmen admitting to having skipped work over sports
Interestingly, respondents also had some suggestions on how companies can cut down on such absenteeism. The most common one was that employers should allow flexible working hours and unpaid leaves and also introduce employee benefits like summer Fridays - letting employees work half-day on Fridays.