The raison d’être of managers is to maximize productivity by optimizing upon the contribution of the workers in their group. But, it is inevitable to find a gap between what is ideal against what is possible and achievable. Umpteen numbers of interruptions and disturbances keep eroding into the productive hours of a work day in general. To illustrate, let us consider what occurred on the day Google’s logo was turned into a playable version of Pac-Man. One research established an average increase in user time of 36 seconds resulted in an estimated total of 4.82 million hours which roughly translates to 120 million USD. Depending upon our respective roles (as employers or employees) we may extrapolate the devastating effect of a meager 36 seconds to other scenarios like coffee breaks, personal calls/mails, bill payments, banking online, and many more to top it off with absenteeism – to duly consider the causes and possible fixes.
Employees everywhere are given the option to apply for leave so as to accommodate their personal agendas into their work lives. The tendency to avail it in full is traditionally curbed through the system of making some of it cashable, when not utilized. Absenteeism could be genuinely sick or just malingering to avoid work. Unfortunately, it is possible to have some of the distinctions blurred as when an employee falls sick or is driven to depression due to the work conditions. Employers today make no distinction between the causes and monitor the frequency and occurrence only when measuring absenteeism.
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Like any other issue in management, absenteeism requires a systematic and structured approach to the identification of the problem and its underlying causes and a possible pattern in the occurrence of the issue.
Higher pay and job satisfaction are known to curb absenteeism, but interestingly, it is the embezzlers and other fraudulent characters along with persons doing charitable work or jobs in the medical fraternity who refuse to avail leave to which they are entitled – and turn up to work without fail on every single working day.
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