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Absenteeism costs the country as much as R16 billion a year! Here's how to put a stop to this problem in your company

by , 14 August 2014
If you thought employee absenteeism was a trivial issue, stats from Occupational Care South Africa (OCSA) will change your mind.

According to the organisation, employee absenteeism costs the South African economy between R12 to R16 billion annually.

As a business owner, this isn't good news! It means your company's bottom line is at stake.

Read on to find out more about these stats and, more importantly, what you can do to curb employee absenteeism so your business doesn't suffer.

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Excuse#1: 'I went to the clinic, but they were too busy to give me a sick note. I wasn't feeling well and I didn't want to wait for nurse to write a note.'

Excuse#2: 'I ran out of airtime and I couldn't buy any because I didn't have money.'

Excuse#3: 'I had to attend my aunt's cousin's daughter's wedding ceremony in Rustenburg. I only found out about it at the last minute.'

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Employee absenteeism is a R16 billion problem

TransformSA reports that in its Sicknotes without diagnosis report, OCSA states that there's a link between employee health, productivity and absenteeism. It released the following chilling facts:

  • On average, over 15% of staff could be absent on any given day.
  • Two out of three employees who fail to show up for work aren't physically ill.
  • Sleep disorders are ranked 'top cause of lost work time'.

In the report, marketing manager for office design firm Paragon Interiors, Lucy Le Roux says what's concerning in the OCSA data is the high percentage of employee's who appear to be falsifying illness.

She says: 'This point to a deeper problem of being unhappy at work or just not coping.'

So what can you do to curb employee absenteeism?

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Use these measures to deal with employee absenteeism

According to Le Roux, if your employees feel management are sincerely interested in their well being, they'll be more productive and you'll reduce absenteeism.

So it may be a good idea to have health and wellness programmes in your company.

According to TransformSA, a recent survey by global healthcare organisation, Optum, showed that 82% of employees working at companies with health and wellness programmes said these initiatives would encourage them to stay in their jobs longer.

Experts behind the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management share the same sentiments.

They say, 'an environment where the health of an employee is seen as a key factor will automatically drive productivity and you'll see a drop in absenteeism rates.'

Be sure to check out this article too. It contains three unconventional tips to help you reduce absenteeism in your workplace.

After all, employee absenteeism isn't a trivial issue. Your company loses a lot of money because of it, so make sure your deal with it.

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