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Policies, Procedures & SafeguardsAugust 10, 2018
Absenteeism costs New Zealand businesses $1 billion every year. What are the causes, and more importantly, what can employers do about it?
When an employee is not present at work for a prolonged and habitual time during a normally scheduled work period, without warning or reason, this is considered absenteeism. This doesn’t include ‘excused absences’ such as annual leave, sick leave or medical appointments, family activities and emergencies, community service leave and more.
Where you suspect employee absenteeism, communication is vital and all attempts, whether they are successful contact or not, it must be documented.
The issue of absenteeism is difficult to manage as it can be due to a number of reasons and may be an indication of something bigger going on in an employee’s life. Common causes can include: