Employee Absenteeism and the effect it has on employee morale

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Employers expect that workers will miss a certain number of workdays each year. Between sick days, personal days, and vacation days, it’s a given that employees will not be at work each and every day. But when those days off become excessive, it becomes employee absenteeism, and that becomes a problem.


Absenteeism is an employee’s intentional or habitual absence from work. When an employee starts showing a pattern of absenteeism, it can have a major effect on several things. Whether it decreases productivity or forces someone to handle multiple tasks which lessens their focus on their own job, employee absenteeism is a problem that affects the entire company. When morale begins to decline due to employee absenteeism, employers must determine a course of action.

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