By Caron Beesley, Contributor to the Small Business Administration blog
Employees are the lifeblood of a small business but they are also human and need time off to deal with sickness, manage family needs, and fulfill civic commitments like jury duty.
Personal time off is essential, but what happens when it becomes a problem? Persistent absenteeism (habitual and intentional time off) is a chronic problem for U.S. employees costing $3,600 per hourly employee per year, and $2,650 per salaried employee per year.
Not only does absenteeism effect your bottom line, it increases everyone’s workload leading to poor quality output and a sour atmosphere all round!
Absences occur for many reasons — burnout, stress, bullying, low morale, job hunting, etc. There’s also a generational element when it comes to absenteeism. Research suggests that millennials are more likely to skip a day when they feel anxious, whereas as baby boomers value showing up for work, even when they are under the weather.